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RUMOR: Knicks eyeing Kendrick Nunn

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It’s no secret the New York Knicks desperately need a point guard. They’ve been linked to several options this summer including Dennis Schroder, Lonzo Ball, and Kyle Lowry, but now a new one has crept onto their radar. Miami Heat guard Kendrick Nunn.

According to SNY’s Ian Begley, the Knicks are keeping a close eye on Nunn ahead of free agency. The second-year player enjoyed a breakout rookie campaign last season as he played a key part in Miami’s run to the finals, averaging 15.3 points and 3.3 assists per night. In 2020/21, his numbers took a slight dip, but Nunn still put up 14.6 points while improving his clip from downtown to 38%.

The Knicks are taking into consideration a comparison made by an opposing organization between Nunn and Terry Rozier. The latter averaged just nine points in his last season with the Celtics but after signing a max deal with the Hornets, his production doubled. New York believes a similar path could occur with Nunn.

The former G-League standout is expected to demand a deal within the range of $15 million per year, per the Athletic’s John Hollinger.

The Knicks could have a legitimate shot at Nunn, too. After a first-round sweep, his future with the Heat is certainly unclear at this point after getting paid just $1.7 million this past season. Pat Riley was non-committal on Nunn in exit interviews, which is a sign he could be gone. The Heat would have to make a qualifying offer of $4.7 million, which likely won’t please Nunn.

The Knicks will certainly be busy this offseason with Kendrick Nunn a clear possibility.