Lakers commerce for Rui Hachimura, ship Kendrick Nunn, 3 second-round picks to Wizards

It appears to be like like NBA trade season is beginning in earnest. The Los Angeles Lakers traded for Washington Wizards ahead Rui Hachimura. In return, the Lakers are sending Kendrick Nunn and three second-round draft picks to Washington, the groups introduced Monday. ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski first reported the deal.

Hachimura was the ninth general pick of Gonzaga within the 2019 NBA Draft. He performed a ton in his first two seasons, beginning 105 whole video games, however that quantity dropped throughout the 2021-22 season. He began simply 13 video games, showing in 42 whole. This season, he is appeared in 30, however beginning none.

The Wizards reportedly began exploring trade options for Hachimura a little over a week ago, however the writing might have been on the wall from the beginning of the season. Again in October, the Wizards did not supply Hachimura a rookie extension and since they’ve sufficient forwards (Kyle Kuzma being one), Hachimura grew to become rather less essential to the crew.

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The Wizards’ loss is the Lakers’ achieve. Los Angeles wants extra gamers to bulk up its problematically skinny roster, and Hachimura satisfies one among its largest wants.

When requested about the potential for being traded final weekend, Hachimura appeared fairly sanguine about the entire thing. He did not appear to thoughts the thought of taking part in some place else so long as the crew likes his recreation.

“I simply acquired to play my recreation. I do know what I can do, and I may also help the crew to win,” Hachimura said after placing up 30 factors in a victory over the Orlando Magic, his last recreation as a Wizard. “It is both right here or different crew. I may also help groups.”

Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura (8) smiles after scoring against the Orlando Magic during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jess Rapfogel)

Rui Hachimura might discover greener pastures with the Lakers after being traded by the Wizards. (AP Picture/Jess Rapfogel)

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