The LA Lakers are 22-25 this season and that’s thirteenth within the Western Convention proper now. LeBron James has been making an attempt to maintain the group a float whereas Anthony Davis’ return is nearing. With the commerce deadline approaching on 2/9, the Lakers went out and made the primary actual commerce of the season. When Davis does return, LA has the potential to run a much bigger lineup with Lebron, Hachimura, and AD all on the court docket collectively.
With the Lakers already saying they’ve intentions of signing him to a contract extension this summer time, that signifies that they see him as a giant piece of their future. Buying and selling Hachimura would additionally give the idea that the Wizards have plans to signal Kyle Kuzma to an extension this summer time.
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The Los Angeles Lakers are finalizing a commerce sending guard Kendrick Nunn and three second-round picks to the Washington Wizards for Rui Hachimura, sources inform @TheAthletic @Stadium. https://t.co/aTP7eYyGOh
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) January 23, 2023
Rui Hachimura is headed to the Lakers, Kendrick Nunn and picks headed to Washington
In change for buying and selling Hachimura to the Lakers, the Wizards are receiving Kendrick Nunn, Chicago’s 2023 second-round decide, the Lakers 2029 second-rounder, and a much less favorable Wizards/Lakers 2028 second-round decide. Only a few days in the past talking with the media after a sport, Hachimura had this to say about the place he desires to be proper now.
“I simply need to be someplace that desires me as a basketball participant,”… “And I need to be someplace that loves my — likes my sport, you recognize? … I simply need to be someplace that trusts, believes in me. Simply I could be myself — that’s my objective.” – Rui Hachimura
It appeared as if Hachimura was a giant a part of Washington’s future shifting ahead. At the very least till Kyle Kuzma acquired there. The ninth total decide within the 2019 NBA draft began each sport he performed in his first two seasons with the Wizards. In Kuzma’s first season with the Lakers, Hachimura began 13 of his 42 video games performed, and has began in none of his 30 video games this season.
He additionally missed a complete month from 11/20-12/20 this yr, 16 video games in a row. How will Hachimura slot in on a Lakers group that’s making an attempt to get some momentum going?