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 The Los Angeles Lakers acquired former lottery pick Rui Hachimura from the Washington Wizards on Monday in exchange for Kendrick Nunn and a package of second round draft picks Hachimura and the Wizards did not agree on a rookie extension before the season started which prompted speculation that the Japanese power forward wouldn t be in their long term plans And it makes sense for the Lakers to be seeking help At 22 25 they re in 12th place in the Western Conference but entered Monday just two games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the No 6 spot and four games back of the New Orleans Pelicans for No 4 in the West with LeBron James averaging nearly 30 points per game and a belief that Anthony Davis will be back from injury sooner than later The 6 foot 8 Hachimura figures to provide the Lakers with wing defense and 3 point shooting ability two clear needs for a team fighting to stay afloat during Davis latest lengthy injury absence Adding both size and depth to the wing position has been a goal and the chance to accomplish that by acquiring a player with Rui s two way skills and upside was an opportunity that doesn t present itself often Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said The Wizards got second round picks this year 2028 and 2029 plus a trade exception Los Angeles has hit only 33 7 of its 3 pointers this season ranking near the bottom of the NBA Hachimura is hitting 34 of his 3 point shots this season after hitting 44 7 last season but he excels in the catch and shoot situations that are often created for James teammates by his penetration and playmaking Hachimura is also a standout midrange shooter while his length should provide the Lakers with an option against teams with taller wing players who have occasionally exploited Los Angeles lack of mobility on the perimeter Hachimura has appeared in 30 games for the Wizards this season all off the bench averaging 13 0 points on 49 shooting He was the No 9 pick in the 2019 draft out of Gonzaga Washington is 20 26 after signing star guard Bradley Beal to a big contract in the offseason and the Wizards were 1 1 2 games behind the final play in spot heading into Monday s games Beal has dealt with injury problems and now the Wizards are without Kristaps Porzingis who sprained an ankle Saturday night Washington announced Monday that Porzingis is week to week because of that injury Hachimura equaled a career high with 30 points for the Wizards on Saturday in his final game before the deal He had no comment when asked afterward if he d requested a trade He started 105 games in his first two seasons but only 13 since then Hachimura will be reuniting with penetrating guard Russell Westbrook his teammate in Washington during the 2020 21 season Hachimura famously said Westbrook was his senpai his leader in Japanese Nunn is in his fourth NBA season his second with the Lakers though he missed all of last season with a knee problem before activating his 5 25 million option for this season in the final year of his deal Nunn has averaged 6 7 points in 39 games this season 37 of them in a reserve role with wildly inconsistent contributions offensively He has not matched the offensive success he had in his first two seasons with the Heat The Lakers soon will have a glut of guards with Lonnie Walker and Austin Reaves due to return from injury and Nunn s departure alleviates the logjam Westbrook Dennis Schr der Patrick Beverley and rookie second round pick Max Christie also have logged significant minutes when healthy this season The Lakers have given no definite timeline for Davis return but coach Darvin Ham said Davis looked great in a full scrimmage last weekend If he continues to improve Davis could return during the Lakers upcoming five game road trip which begins Saturday in Boston Your browser does not support HTML5 audio Sign up below to be added to our mailing list for the latest news updates access to exclusive contests and more Everything you love about wokv com and more Tap on any of the buttons below to download our app Enable our Skill today to listen live at home on your Alexa Devices You may be offline Please check your connection and try again using the Retry button Credit https www wokv com sports lakers acquire rui B5JUD6TJZHYQAJH7B5VNRNYCHY
Lakers acquire Rui Hachimura from Wizards for Nunn, picks

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The Los Angeles Lakers acquired former lottery pick Rui Hachimura from the Washington Wizards on Monday in exchange for Kendrick Nunn and a package of second-round draft picks.

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Hachimura and the Wizards did not agree on a rookie extension before the season started, which prompted speculation that the Japanese power forward wouldn’t be in their long-term plans.

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And it makes sense for the Lakers to be seeking help. At 22-25, they’re in 12th place in the Western Conference, but entered Monday just two games behind the Los Angeles Clippers for the No. 6 spot and four games back of the New Orleans Pelicans for No. 4 in the West — with LeBron James averaging nearly 30 points per game and a belief that Anthony Davis will be back from injury sooner than later.

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The 6-foot-8 Hachimura figures to provide the Lakers with wing defense and 3-point shooting ability, two clear needs for a team fighting to stay afloat during Davis’ latest lengthy injury absence.

“Adding both size and depth to the wing position has been a goal, and the chance to accomplish that by acquiring a player with Rui’s two-way skills and upside was an opportunity that doesn’t present itself often,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said.

The Wizards got second-round picks this year, 2028 and 2029, plus a trade exception.

Los Angeles has hit only 33.7% of its 3-pointers this season, ranking near the bottom of the NBA. Hachimura is hitting 34% of his 3-point shots this season after hitting 44.7% last season, but he excels in the catch-and-shoot situations that are often created for James’ teammates by his penetration and playmaking.

Hachimura is also a standout midrange shooter, while his length should provide the Lakers with an option against teams with taller wing players who have occasionally exploited Los Angeles’ lack of mobility on the perimeter.

Hachimura has appeared in 30 games for the Wizards this season, all off the bench, averaging 13.0 points on 49% shooting. He was the No. 9 pick in the 2019 draft out of Gonzaga. Washington is 20-26 after signing star guard Bradley Beal to a big contract in the offseason, and the Wizards were 1 1/2 games behind the final play-in spot heading into Monday’s games.

Beal has dealt with injury problems, and now the Wizards are without Kristaps Porzingis, who sprained an ankle Saturday night. Washington announced Monday that Porzingis is week-to-week because of that injury.

Hachimura equaled a career high with 30 points for the Wizards on Saturday in his final game before the deal. He had no comment when asked afterward if he’d requested a trade. He started 105 games in his first two seasons but only 13 since then.

Hachimura will be reuniting with penetrating guard Russell Westbrook, his teammate in Washington during the 2020-21 season. Hachimura famously said Westbrook was his “senpai” — his “leader” in Japanese.

Nunn is in his fourth NBA season, his second with the Lakers, though he missed all of last season with a knee problem before activating his $5.25 million option for this season in the final year of his deal. Nunn has averaged 6.7 points in 39 games this season, 37 of them in a reserve role, with wildly inconsistent contributions offensively. He has not matched the offensive success he had in his first two seasons with the Heat.

The Lakers soon will have a glut of guards with Lonnie Walker and Austin Reaves due to return from injury, and Nunn’s departure alleviates the logjam. Westbrook, Dennis Schröder, Patrick Beverley and rookie second-round pick Max Christie also have logged significant minutes when healthy this season.

The Lakers have given no definite timeline for Davis’ return, but coach Darvin Ham said Davis “looked great” in a full scrimmage last weekend. If he continues to improve, Davis could return during the Lakers’ upcoming five-game road trip, which begins Saturday in Boston.

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