While the Miami Heat has a stacked starting lineup following a flurry of free agency moves, a gaping hole remains in the revamped roster, a solid backup point guard to fill in for Kyle Lowry.
Unfortunately, the Heat couldn’t afford to keep guard Kendrick Nunn, who was due for a massive pay buy bump this summer as a restricted free agent. While Miami initially extended Nunn the $4.7 million qualifying offer on July 31, that offer was rescinded on August 3, making him an unrestricted free agent.
Later that day, Nunn took a pay cut to ink a two-year, $10 million contract to take his talents to the Los Angeles Lakers. His “deal includes a player option,” The Athletic’s Shams Charania tweeted. “Nunn turned down significantly more money to chase a title with the Lakers.”
However, the Lakers team looks significantly different now than it did on August 3. A whole slew of veteran stars have joined LeBron James and Anthony Davis in Los Angeles, including former Washington Wizards’ point guard Russell Westbrook. On Monday, the Lakers kept growing, adding point guard Rajon Rondo after he was bought out by the Memphis Grizzlies.