NBA: Los Angeles Lakers to sign guard Kendrick Nunn from free agency
- According to a report by ESPN, Nunn had bigger offers on the table but chose to join the Lakers
- Nunn gives the Lakers a badly needed infusion of youth alongside Monk
- The Lakers have now spent their mid-level exception
According to a report by ESPN, Nunn had bigger offers on the table but chose to join the Lakers to try to compete for a championship.
Nunn was originally in the Heat's plans. The Heat had prioritized him and could have matched any offer sheet given to him. However, their other offseason moves changed their plans.
After the Heats acquired Kyle Lowry through a sign-and-trade and PJ Tucker with the non-taxpayer mid-level exception, they triggered a hard cap at $143 million. After the Lakers missed out on Patty Mills, their original target with the taxpayer mid-level exception, they pounced on Nunn.
Nunn gives the Lakers a badly needed infusion of youth alongside Monk. With Bazemore, Ariza, Anthony, and Ellington all 32 or older and their star LeBron James over 36, the Lakers will still be one of the oldest teams in the NBA, but the combination of Nunn, Monk, and Talen Horton-Tucker gives them three young guards with the upside to improve during the season.
The Lakers have now spent their mid-level exception and the team is up to 13 players. The bulk of their business seems to be complete. The Lakers have eschewed the defensive identity that won them the 2020 championship in favor of a more explosive offense with shooting meant to supplement new addition Russell Westbrook. It is a bold approach, and only time will tell if it pays off.