The Los Angeles Lakers were in serious need of depth and long-distance shooting heading into the start of free agency and a big haul in Day 2 of free agency helped in a major way.
Per Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, former Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn reportedly signed a two-year, $10 million contract (with a player option for the second season) to suit up for the Lakers next season.
This is a bargain deal for the Lakers, who were hurting for salary cap flexibility following their trade for All-NBA guard Russell Westbrook last week.
The 26-year-old Nunn reportedly had offers for “significantly” more money on the table but wanted to sign with the Lakers in pursuit of a championship, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Nunn was a revelation for the Heat over the last two seasons, averaging 15.0 points and 3.0 assists per game while shooting 36.4 percent from 3-point range in his young NBA career.
The Chicago native joins a bevy of new Lakers signings that includes veterans Trevor Ariza, Dwight Howard, Carmelo Anthony and Malik Monk, as LA looks to overhaul its roster following a disappointing 2020-21 season that saw them finish 42-30 (seventh in the Western Conference standings).