3 best targets for Lakers Guard

The Los Angeles Lakers appear to be finally getting things together after a painfully slow start to the 2022-23 season. They’ve won seven of their last nine games and while that hasn’t even brought their record above .500, it shows that there’s still hope for this team to salvage their season. A few clear trade candidates have emerged for the Lakers, with Kendrick Nunn arguably the best.

The whole trade talk with Russell Westbrook has calmed down for now as he played a key role in the Lakers’ resurgence. Nunn, on the other hand, was used sparingly early in the season and he didn’t look like the same player he was before missing the entire 2021-22 season with a knee injury.

Other teams may have time to see if Nunn can figure something out this season, but the Lakers aren’t among those teams. Los Angeles needs every win possible if they are to continue filming their season, so moving Nunn makes a lot of sense. So with Nunn traded, let’s take a look at the top three landing spots for LA’s forgotten watch.

3. Indiana Pacers

The Lakers have been linked with the Indiana Pacers, which includes a potential trade for Myles Turner, and while swapping Nunn for Turner obviously wouldn’t be something the Pacers would care about, they may have some interest in Nunn amid their odd remodeling . Indiana probably seemed to be in for a tough season, but instead they’re 12-10 and sitting fifth in the Eastern Conference.

Right now, the Pacers have pretty good depth of coverage, making it a little less likely that they would have a keen interest in Nunn. They might be willing to part ways with TJ McConnell, who has played a smaller role for Indiana this season, and give Nunn those minutes in hopes he can develop with them. McConnell’s playmaking boost off the bench could make him an interesting option for them.

Los Angeles would have to give up a lot more than Nunn to land Turner, but with the rumors swirling around these two teams here, it’s not out of the question that Nunn could end up in Indiana as part of a bigger blockbuster with Turner. Either way, the Pacers would be a much better place for Kendrick Nunn to find his way back than Los Angeles with the Lakers.

2nd Cleveland Cavaliers

The Cleveland Cavaliers have had a strong start to the season, but that doesn’t mean their roster is perfect. They lack depth in the guard position behind Donovan Mitchell and Darius Garland, and Caris LaVert has to fill a pretty big role for them. That could make adding Nunn a legitimate possibility for Cleveland.

At his best, Nunn is a consistent source of bench hits from guard. Despite being a point guard, he’s not a true playmaker and has never been entirely comfortable involving his teammates on offense. Mitchell and Garland are stronger presenters than Nunn, so it would make sense for them to play alongside them if they added him.

The Cavs don’t have many bank pieces that the Lakers (maybe Robin Lopez?) would be interested in, which could make a deal a little difficult to strike here. Perhaps the Lakers would be willing to take a draft pick of two to rebuild their draft assets, but it’s clear that Kendrick Nunn could help the Cavaliers, making at least a trade between these two sides something worth having to be monitored .

1. Dallas Mavericks

The Dallas Mavericks are in a similar position to the Lakers as they are currently struggling. They are 10-11 at the moment and although they made it to the Western Conference Finals last season, they don’t look like that team this season. And a big reason for that is that they currently have virtually no depth of coverage behind Luka Doncic.

Things have gotten so bad for Dallas that they have signed Kemba Walker, who is a shell of his former self due to knee injuries, to bolster their depth of coverage on the bench. They could certainly take Nunn a flyer in the hopes he finds his way as the 15-point goalscorer per game he was before missing the entire 2021-22 season.

There’s no guarantee Nunn would play for Dallas, but they don’t have many other options right now. Three-point specialist Davis Bertans or third-string center Javale McGee could be interesting for the Lakers, but if the Mavs are desperate, they might have to give a little more to land Nunn. And right now it looks like they would be the best trading target for Kendrick Nunn if he ends up getting moved.