The Lakers hit hard with the arrival of Rui Hachimura

“I don’t know, we have to find out. » That’s what Rui Hachimura had declared these last hours, when a journalist asked him if his future was registered with Washington.

The answer was given by ESPNwhich announces a transfer of the Japanese winger to the Lakersin exchange for Kendrick Nunn and three second draft rounds (in detail: that of Chicago in 2023, that of the Lakers in 2029 and the least favorable of the two teams in 2028).

A nice blow for LeBron James and his gang, who in their complex race towards the playoffs are reinforced by a young talent, precious in defense, space swallower in attack but also rather good on « catch-and-shoot », the one of the biggest shortages in the Los Angeles squad. Remember also that Hachimura already knows Thomas Bryant and Troy Brown Jr, his former teammates at the Wizards…

Still according to ESPNRui Hachimura and Wizards executives failed to find common ground on a contract extension after his contract ended rookie at the end of the season, making this transfer inevitable, the Wizards logically preferring to obtain a counterpart, however small, rather than losing the player this summer…

For the capital franchise, the priority will probably now be to extend Kyle Kuzma next summer. In the immediate future, Nunn will bring percussion off the bench, behind Monte Morris, and in competition with Delon Wright.

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