Prior to the NBA trade deadline on March 25, several teams tried to trade for Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn, league sources told BasketballNews.com.
Multiple teams inquired about Nunn’s availability, and at least two of those teams have shifted their focus to pursuing the 25-year-old once he becomes a free agent this offseason. Nunn will be a restricted free agent once the Heat extend a $4,736,102 qualifying offer.
Judging by the number of teams that showed interest prior to the trade deadline and the fact that Nunn is currently playing the best basketball of his career, he’s expected to receive significant interest once free agency begins.
Over his last five games, Nunn is averaging 19.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 4.2 threes, while shooting 51.4% from the field, 50% from three-point range and 100% from the free throw line. Miami is 4-1 in those games.
The 2021 free-agency class was expected to feature many stars, including Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, Paul George, Bradley Beal, Rudy Gobert, Jrue Holiday and so on. However, all of those players re-signed or extended, so the upcoming offseason won’t feature much star power. (Kawhi Leonard has a player option, but he’ll likely opt-in).