Lakers Rumors: Rui Hachimura to Be Traded to LA from Wizards for Kendrick Nunn, Selections

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 18: Rui Hachimura #8 of the Washington Wizards looks on during the third quarter of the game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden on January 18, 2023 in New York City. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Dustin Satloff/Getty Images)

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The Los Angeles Lakers are adding reinforcements around LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

According to multiple reports, the team is in talks to trade Kendrick Nunn and second-round picks to the Washington Wizards for Rui Hachimura:

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

Sources: Lakers are sending the 2023 Chicago second-rounder, their own 2029 second-rounder and the Wizards/Lakers less favorable second-rounder in 2028 in the Kendrick Nunn-for-Rui Hachimura trade.

The Wizards’ willingness to trade the young power forward has been prompted by the excellent play of Kyle Kuzma and the team’s hope that it can sign him to a long-term contract in the offseason, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and NBA reporter Marc Stein.

Additionally, the Wizards weren’t able to agree with Hachimura on a rookie-deal extension before October’s deadline, making him a restricted free agent after the 2022-23 season. While the Wizards could have matched any offer sheet he signed, trading him now and focusing their offseason on retaining Kuzma made sense.

Hachimura, 24, made 118 starts for the Wizards in his first three seasons but has exclusively come off the bench for the team this campaign. He’s still been productive, averaging 13.0 points and 4.3 rebounds while shooting 48.8 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from three.

While both James and Davis can play the 4 and Hachimura doesn’t dramatically improve the team’s floor spacing or three-point shooting, he’ll add another big body on the wing, a need for the Lakers.

Plus, Nunn has largely been a non-factor and the Lakers are seemingly banking on the potential of Hachimura in what may only end up being a cheap rental. At the very least, he’ll be expected to offer far more of an impact than Nunn.

Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA

It’s hard to judge young players in losing situations with star teammates who don’t elevate anyone. But there have been enough flashes over the years to remain intrigued by Rui Hachimura’s potential so I look forward to seeing how he performs with the Lakers next to LeBron James. <a href=”https://t.co/Y9LNP3Ym1B”>https://t.co/Y9LNP3Ym1B</a>

Hachimura seemingly will be happy to change locales.

“I just want to be somewhere that wants me as a basketball player, and I want to be somewhere that likes my game,” he told reporters Saturday.

It would appear he’s been granted that wish.



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