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NBA free agency: Lakers to sign Kendrick Nunn to two-year deal using taxpayer mid-level exception, per report

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The Los Angeles Lakers are utilizing their taxpayer mid-level exception to signal former Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn to a two-year, $10 million deal, in accordance with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Nunn reportedly had greater presents financially however selected to hitch the Lakers to attempt to compete for a championship. 

Nunn was initially slated to be a restricted free agent this offseason. The Warmth had his Chicken Rights and, had they prioritized him, may have matched any supply sheet given to him. Nonetheless, their different offseason strikes modified their plans. After buying Kyle Lowry by a sign-and-trade and P.J. Tucker with the nontaxpayer mid-level exception, they triggered a tough cap on the $143 million apron. Retaining Nunn, underneath these circumstances, would have been tough and virtually definitely would have meant paying the posh tax, so the Warmth pulled his qualifying supply and made him an unrestricted free agent. After lacking out on Patty Mills, their unique goal with the taxpayer mid-level exception, the Lakers pounced on Nunn as a substitute. 

Nunn averaged 15 factors per sport in two seasons with the Warmth, and final season, he improved as a 3-point shooter by hitting 38.1 p.c of his makes an attempt. Including capturing has been the precedence for the Lakers this offseason. They’d already signed Trevor Ariza, Wayne Ellington, Carmelo Anthony, Kent Bazemore and Malik Monk to minimal contracts for that actual objective. Nunn would be the highest-paid out of that group.

He additionally provides the Lakers a badly wanted infusion of youth alongside Monk. Bazemore, Ariza, Anthony and Ellington are all 32 or older. LeBron James is 36 and Russell Westbrook is 33. The Lakers will nonetheless be one of many oldest groups within the NBA, however the mixture of Nunn, Monk and Talen Horton-Tucker provides them three younger guards with the upside to enhance throughout the season.

With the mid-level exception spent and the Lakers now as much as 13 gamers (although solely 12 are assured as Alfonzo McKinnie will be waived at any time), the majority of their re-tooling seems to be full. The Lakers have eschewed the defensive identification that received them the 2020 championship in favor of a extra explosive offense with capturing meant to complement new addition Russell Westbrook. It is a daring method, and solely time will inform if it pays off. 

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