Fifth potential Kendrick Nunn trade for the Los Angeles Lakers:
This is a very similar package to the one with the Dallas Mavericks, just with different players being exchanged. Like the Mavericks (and Lakers), the New York Knicks are off to a disappointing start this season that currently has them in the play-in tournament.
While Kemba Walker has had some moments for the Knicks, it is safe to say that he has not been what the Knicks were hoping for this season.
Derrick Rose has also missed significant time with an ankle injury and he will most likely be out of action until at least March. This is a Knicks team that has really missed what Rose brought off the bench and Nunn could help replace that in the meantime.
Noel is certainly tradeable for the Knicks as well. While they would be trading a multi-year investment in Noel for Nunn, it is still a trade that would raise the ceiling of these Knicks.
The Lakers, meanwhile, would essentially flip Jordan for Noel and give the team a new center to give minutes to in the rotation. Noel would become the team’s top center, taking Dwight Howard’s minutes in the rotation.
This could open some doors for the team to go big with Noel and not sacrifice much defensively. The defensive potential with Noel and Anthony Davis in the frontcourt is fun. However, when it comes to overall impact on the team, Nunn probably has a much bigger impact on LA than Noel would.