After missing all of the 2021/22 NBA regular season with a knee injury, Lakers guard Kendrick Nunn said in a recent interview with Spectrums SportsNet (Twitter video link) that he’s fully recovered and excited about his future in LA. . Last month, Nunn picked up his $5.25MM player option for the 2022/23 season.
“I feel 100% [recovered] “To be honest,” Nunn said of his current health condition. “Back to where I normally play at a high level.”
In the year The 6’2″ guard finally caught the attention of the Heat’s front office in 2018 after being offloaded from Oakland. Nunn signed with Miami in April 2019, but won’t suit up until the 2019/20 season. Named to the 2020 All-Rookie First Team due to Miami’s diversity. Nunn is averaging 15.0 PPG, 3.0 APG and 2.9 RPG in 123 healthy NBA contests, all with the Heat. He carries a .458/.364/.881 shooting split in 123 games.
Nunn signed a two-year contract with the Lakers as an unrestricted free agent when the Heat opted to match Nunn’s $4.7MM qualifying offer through the 2021 season. Los Angeles envisioned him as a key bench scorer for what was expected to be a contending team when he joined the Lakers last year, though it’s unclear how much he can contribute this year after sitting out the season and given his limitations as a defender. The Lakers would go on to finish with a 33-49 record and the No. 11 seed in the Western Conference.
If the team regains its old form, it could definitely use Nunn’s help. He is one of six Los Angeles players set to earn more than the Patriots’ minimum this year. With his current contract worth more than the one-year expiring minimum, the veteran guard has been floated as a possible trade chip the Lakers could use to improve their roster.
Here’s more from our interview:
If he sticks with LA, Nunn appears to be in good shape to form a relationship with new Lakers head coach Darwin Hamm. Nunn admitted to frequent contact with the former Bucks assistant. “I talked to him a lot,” Nunn said. “[We] Working with me and him coming in, they bumped into each other a lot. “Last year was a learning curve for me,” Nunn added. “I’ve learned a lot, just sitting on the sidelines and watching. The game slowed down a lot for me, I had to see things from a different perspective… I didn’t expect to sit this long. Asked what Lakers fans can expect after an uneventful 2021/22 season that has left the Lakers looking outside the play-off window, Nunn seems to be aware of the club’s past issues. “They have to maintain consistency,” Nunn said. “This is my number one. Check in, check in, check out, and…be consistent on both ends of the floor.