- Lakers are set to acquire Rui Hachimura from the Washington Wizards for Kendrick Nunn and three second-round picks
- Rui Hachimura is a move that will surely improve the Lakers as Nunn has been a non-factor for them
- Hachimura was growing unhappy in Washington after he wasn't handed a rookie contract extension
The Los Angeles Lakers have taken a significant step in improving their roster by agreeing to a deal to acquire Rui Hachimura from the Washington Wizards for Kendrick Nunn and three second-round picks.
The 2020 NBA champions have started making moves as the trade deadline approaches. Hachimura recently said he can be a boost to any team that’s interested in potentially acquiring him.
The 24-year-old was linked to the Dallas Mavericks and the Sacramento Kings. The Phoenix Suns were also reportedly looking to swap him with unsettled forward Jae Crowder.
Hachimura has come off the bench for all 30 games he played this year for the Wizards. In the 30 games, the Japanese averaged 24 minutes on the court, dropping 13 points and shooting 49 per cent, per SI.
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Hachimura to the Lakers
According to ESPN, the deal to acquire the young forward will include a 2023 second-round pick via Chicago, the Lakers' own in 2029 and the less favorable of the Wizards' and Lakers' 2028 second-round picks
Hachimura was becoming frustrated without a rookie contract extension in the preseason pushed to the periphery with the emergence of Kyle Kuzma who's performances kept him out of the team.
The Lakers were also planning on signing Hachimura to an extension this summer, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Hachimura can be a restricted-free agent.
The young forward will be the much-needed depth the Lakers need considering they've struggled with injuries this season. He has made 41.3% of his catch-and-shoot 3-pointers over the past seasons.
James on depleted Lakers roster
The team is missing Anthony Davis for over a month now with a foot injury. The 2020 NBA champions are also missing Lonnie Walker IV (knee) and Austin Reaves (hamstring).
The team currently occupy the last play-in spot in the Western Conference and have a tough road trip coming up.
Source: Sports Brief News