Jonathan Kuminga, a forward for the Warriors, apparently wants to demonstrate his skills this summer.
Jason Dumas of Bleacher Report claimed on Saturday that Kuminga now plans to spend his offseason in three different cities after Golden State was eliminated from the NBA playoffs on Friday in order to showcase his skill set and maybe boost his trade worth.
According to reports, Kuminga was dissatisfied with his playoffs playing time because he was benched after Gary Payton II and Andrew Wiggins returned. In their absence, he established a prominent role for himself by averaging 13.2 points in 24.2 minutes over the course of the 21 games that followed the All-Star break, but Kuminga was unable to secure a regular spot in head coach Steve Kerr’s playoff rotations.
The Warriors and Kuminga’s camp are anticipated to discuss Kuminga’s future with the team this offseason; if he isn’t guaranteed a bigger role in 2023–24, the former No. 7 overall pick may seek a trade, according to The Athletic’s Shams Charania and Anthony Slater, who reported their findings based on sources.
According to Dumas, teams should anticipate seeing a lot of Kuminga this summer during NBA open runs in Miami, New York City, and Los Angeles. Kuminga also identified his top priority for the offseason during his Saturday exit interview with the media.
“Basically everything, but focusing more on rebounding,” Kuminga told reporters. “I think that’s the biggest thing that I’ve got to go back and watch all the clips and learn how to rebound more, and, hopefully, come back and start like [Kevon Looney]. Hopefully one day.
“I just feel like getting better at everything. Just being a complete player.”
Kuminga is gifted and athletic enough to succeed in this level. But it’s still unclear if it applies to the Warriors.