Report: Kuminga could seek trade if not guaranteed bigger role


Jonathan Kuminga's tenure with the Warriors has been nothing short of a roller-coaster ride thus far. 

The No. 7 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft has shown flashes of eye-popping potential but has struggled to carve out a consistent role for himself in the first two seasons of his career. 

Immediately after the Warriors' season-ending loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals on Friday at Arena, The Athletic's Shams Charania and Anthony Slater reported, citing sources, that the Warriors and Kuminga's camp are expected to discuss his future with the team this offseason and if he is not guaranteed a bigger role next season, the 20-year-old could seek a trade. 

"The Warriors and Kuminga’s representatives are expected to discuss his future this offseason, league sources say," Charania and Slater write. "Golden State will need to decide whether Kuminga will receive a full-time role moving forward, and, if not, league sources say the No. 7 pick in the 2021 NBA Draft will want to be somewhere he can play more."

Kuminga played in 67 games, making 16 starts, and averaged 9.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists on 52.5 percent shooting from the field and 37 percent from 3-point range while averaging just north of 20 minutes per game. 

While veteran forward Andrew Wiggins was away from the team for two months due to a family matter, and newly-acquired Gary Payton II was sidelined with a core muscle injury, Kuminga carved out a significant role for himself, averaging 13.2 points in 24.2 minutes in the 21 games after the All-Star break.

However, after Wiggins and Payton returned, Kuminga was relegated to the bench, failing to maintain a consistent role in coach Steve Kerr's playoff rotations. 

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The young forward, reportedly -- and understandably -- was frustrated with the lack of playing time and as the Warriors believe some sort of rotation retooling is necessary this summer, the path for a consistent role for Kuminga is not clear with non-shooters in Draymond Green and Kevon Looney already commanding significant minutes. 

Kuminga has made positive strides in his two seasons in the NBA and should provide the Warriors with an exciting, young two-way talent for years to come. 

That is, of course, if he wants to stick around. 

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