No. 3: Kendrick Nunn, Washington Wizards
Two seasons ago, Kendrick Nunn seemed like a hot commodity coming off of a solid debut with the Miami Heat. His signing with the Los Angeles Lakers for just $5 million per season seemed like a steal for the Lakers, and a one-season parlay into a bigger payday for Nunn, such as Malik Monk achieved last summer.
Instead, Nunn missed all of that first season due to injury, and exercised his player option to stick around last season. The Lakers shipped him on to the Washington Wizards in the Rui Hachimura deal and he had something of a bounceback, shooting 39.2 percent from deep in 31 appearances for the Wizards.
If the Cavaliers offer Nunn a payday based on his hot shooting with the Wizards, they’re likely to be disappointed. With that being said, Nunn is a career 87.6 percent shooter from the free-throw line, suggesting that he has shooting upside, and on a team like the Cavs he can exercise his shot off-the-catch more often, generally a higher-percentage shot.
Nunn has good burst and is a solid defender; he’s not special in any one area, but on the list of point guards who could be available on a minimum deal, he is among the best. Signing Nunn would offer a low-cost path to shoring up the position and going into the season with a reasonable backup to Rubio who could step in if needed.