The Los Angeles Lakers finalized a deal on Monday to send guard Kendrick Nunn and three second-round draft picks to the Washington Wizards to acquire forward Rui Hachimura.
Hachimura, 24, is averaging 13.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 30 games off the bench for the Wizards this season.
“Adding both size and depth to the wing position has been a goal, and the opportunity to accomplish that was to acquire a player with Rui’s two-way skills and upside,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said. doesn’t offer that often,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said in a release.
OFFICIAL: I’m welcome #Lake show, @rui_8mura! pic.twitter.com/STh8mBsbpP
— Los Angeles Lakers (@lakers) January 23, 2023
Hachimura was the No. 9 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. He started all 105 games he played in his first two seasons with the Wizards before being relegated to the reserve role. The Japan native has averaged 13.0 points and 5.1 rebounds per game for his career.
Nunn, 27, is averaging 6.7 points and 13.5 minutes in 39 games (two starts) with the Lakers this season. He has career averages of 13.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in 162 games (113 starts) with the Miami Heat (2019-21) and Lakers.
Rui Hachimura, ladies and gentlemen. pic.twitter.com/s6GRIjjYwT
— Los Angeles Lakers (@lakers) January 24, 2023
Both players made the All-Rookie team in 2019-20.
“Kendrick has shown the potential to be a solid perimeter threat who can provide instant offense as a reserve,” Wizards president Tommy Shepard said in a release. “He has been a valuable contributor throughout his young career, especially as a key role player in helping Miami make a run to the Finals.”
Washington also gets the Chicago Bulls’ 2023 second-round pick, a less favorable second-round pick between the Lakers and Wizards in 2028 and the Lakers’ 2029 second-rounder.
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