Lakers agree to deal for Wizards’ Rui Hachimura

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According to ESPN, the Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a trade with the Washington Wizards for forward Rui Hachimura and three second-round picks.

According to sources, the deal includes 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, 24, had grown dissatisfied with the Wizards’ lack of a rookie contract extension during the preseason and had become less of a priority with the emergence of Kyle Kuzma in the frontcourt.

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According to sources, the Lakers acquired Hachimura with the intention of signing him to an extension this summer. Hachimura has the option of becoming a restricted free agent.

Hachimura, the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft out of Gonzaga, will provide shooting assistance to the Lakers. According to ESPN Stats & Information, he has shot 41.3% on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers in the last two seasons.

This season, Hachimura is averaging 13 points and 4.3 rebounds in 24.3 minutes per game.

source:nsemwokrom.com

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