Final summer time, the Lakers have been hoping that the signing of Miami Warmth guard Kendrick Nunn might increase their factor backcourt depth. Nunn confirmed some good flashes in his first two NBA seasons, however a bone bruise in his knee prevented him from something to the Lakers. The guard missed all the season and largely on account of lacking all the 12 months, picked up his $5.25M participant possibility for this coming season.
In an ESPN roundtable article, Nunn landed on a high ten checklist of influence gamers anticipated to come back this coming season after lacking most, if not all, of the 2021-2022 season.
Lakers beat author Dave McMenamin supplied some optimism about what Nunn can add to LA.
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“Nunn might get the possibility to be the change-of-pace combo guard LA thought it acquired within the first place. However we have now to see how the Lakers’ roster shakes out the remainder of this summer time to precisely undertaking what kind of function Nunn might fairly fill.”
McMenamin prefaced his optimism by noting that there is a very actual risk that Nunn may very well be included in a possible Lakers commerce for both Pacers guard Buddy Hield or veteran Houston gunner Eric Gordon.
“Nunn exercised his participant possibility for 2022-23, and if he is wholesome and may replicate the kind of manufacturing he showcased in Miami, he’ll nonetheless be thought-about a cut price at $5.25 million.”
In the meanwhile, all indications are that Nunn shall be able to go for the Lakers coaching camp this fall.
On a workforce nonetheless considerably lean on depth, and excessive on expectations, Nunn’s return will go a good distance in direction of a bounce again 12 months for the Lakers.