Kendrick Nunn will return to the Lakers next season — and he should make his mark on the court this season.
Nunn, who missed all of last season with a bone bruise in his right knee, has taken his $5.25 million option and will return to the Lakers next season. reported by Dave McMenamin on ESPN. It was expected.
Nunn signed with the Lakers last summer after the Heat. withdrew his qualification offer. Nunn, a talented scorer who plays well on defense at both points of defense, signed with the Lakers for a mid-man tax exemption and was to be a key part of their backcourt.
Even after this move, Rob Pelinka and the Lakers still have a lot to do. This includes trying to trade Russell Westbrookalthough his return is more and more like a reality.
Right now, LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Talen Horton-Tucker, Austin Reeves, and Nunn officially signed the contract. Russell Westbrook will do it six when he chooses a $47 million option for next season. The Lakers are expected to pick team options for Stanley Johnson as well as Venen Gabriel.
That’s still only eight contract players, and the Lakers need to fill at least six more spots on the roster, and to do so, they’ll have a mid-tier taxpayer exemption ($6.4 million) and minimum contracts. The heavy roster construction — Davis, LeBron and Westbrook earn at least $38 million each — makes the deals very difficult.