The Los Angeles Lakers have suffered numerous injuries this season, but the only player who has yet to play this season is Kendrick Nunn.
Nunn and Trevor Ariza were out for the first few months of the season with respective lower leg injuries, but Ariza has recently returned.
Nunn has been ruled out with a knee injury since playing a few preseason games, and his return is expected to bolster the Lakers’ depth given they signed him to a two-year deal. ‘worth $ 10 million, this summer’s most expensive signing.
It’s still unclear when Nunn will return, but ahead of Tuesday’s game against the Sacramento Kings, head coach Frank Vogel gave a glimpse of what Nunn’s role could look like.
“I have an idea, but it’s still really all to play for,” said Vogel. “Kendrick is going to have a ton of minutes when he gets back healthy. It will be at the expense of someone else, at least for now, to see how he fits into our system alongside our stars. , and it will all unfold. “
Nunn, 26, is first and foremost a keeper capable of handling the ball as a secondary creator. If he takes someone else’s minutes, it will be a difficult decision.
The guards used by LA are Russell Westbrook, Avery Bradley, Malik Monk, Talen Horton-Tucker and Austin Reaves. Wayne Ellington hasn’t been on the rotation lately.
All five have a reason to stay: Westbrook is the star. Bradley is the key defender of the perimeter. Monk has been on fire lately. Horton-Tucker is the highly paid young star of the team. Reaves is a high IQ glue guy who pairs well with the stars.
Either way, Vogel certainly has to make a tough choice.
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