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Lakers Rumors: Kendrick Nunn picks up player option for $5.2 million

Kendrick Nunn has reportedly made official what he already confirmed himself he would be doing this offseason in picking up his player option for next season, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN. Nunn’s option is worth $5.2 million and will make him the fifth-most expensive contract on the Lakers currently.

Nunn did not play a game last season after suffering a bone bruise in his knee during the preseason. A rehab process that was derailed multiple times led to Nunn never recovering before season’s end.

During his exit interview, Nunn stated he would be picking up his option, a move that always felt obvious. While Nunn came in at a bit of a discount in the 2021 offseason, a year of not seeing the court would have likely led to a contract worth less than the $5.2 million he’ll now make from the Lakers.

All of the things that made Nunn a valuable addition to the Lakers roster still apply. He’s a dynamic, still-young guard that was a big piece of a team that made the Finals in Miami. Assuming he’s healthy now, Nunn could provide the team another point guard option they didn’t have last season and could fill a hole in the roster.

The possibility remains, though, that Lakers also use Nunn in a trade. He was dangled in trades for much of last season, packaged with Talen Horton-Tucker and a first round pick in hopes of finding an upgrade. That trade package is still possible this offseason if the Lakers are still interested and other teams across the league express similar interest in two expiring contracts.

Whatever the future holds now for Nunn and wherever it may be, here’s to hoping it all plays out with him back on the court and contributing after battling through such a frustrating season.

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