Kendrick Nunn should not be back next season
Kendrick Nunn arrived in Washington as part of the Rui Hachimura trade, having been on the Los Angeles Lakers for a season-and-a-half. He played well for the Wizards down the stretch, appearing in 31 games and shooting 39.2 percent from deep and a solid 50 percent from 2-point range. His per-36 assist and rebounding numbers were solid.
If the Kendrick Nunn who played those 31 games was a lock to be the Kendrick Nunn the Wizards got moving forward, they might be justified in re-signing the free agent to a new contract. The problem is that Nunn’s play in Washington was something of an outlier from the rest of his career.
Even with that stretch factored in, Nunn is a 36.2 percent 3-point shooter for his career. More concerning is his injury history, as he missed time in both of his first two seasons in the league with Miami before a knee injury cost him the entirety of the 2021-22 season. Signing Nunn comes with the expectation that he will be unavailable for part of much of any future seasons.
The Wizards have also invested quite a bit into the point guard position. Monte Morris and Delon Wright are both under contract for next season, and Jordan Goodwin has played well for the team in limited spurts. Add in that last year’s lottery pick, Johnny Davis, is ostensibly a lead guard and that Bradley Beal can run the offense in spurts, and the idea of investing another roster spot and more money into the position becomes untenable.
Hopefully, Kendrick Nunn can stay healthy and revive his career. The chance that he doesn’t, however, should keep the Wizards from doing anything but cordially waving as he leaves for another team.