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Well, the NBA Trade Deadline is coming up and there is going to be a lot of players moved in the next few weeks. One player who has been mentioned on the trade block has been moved and his name is Rui Hachimura. The Washington Wizards have traded him to the Los Angeles Lakers in a deal involving draft picks and Kendrick Nunn. The full details of this trade is down below.
Washington Wizards Acquire: G Kendrick Nunn, 2023 2nd Round Pick (Chicago Bulls), A Conditional 2028 2nd Round, 2029 2nd Round Pick (Los Angeles Lakers)
Los Angeles Lakers Acquire: F Rui Hachimura
*Conditions for the 2028 2nd Round Pick –The Pick is going to be who ever is the less favorable between the Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers
Washington Wizards Side
Let’s be honest, it was no longer an if, but when Rui Hachimura was going to get traded. He was not going to be in the long term plans of the Wizards with how contract negotiations were going. I was shocked the Wizards did not trade him during the 2022 NBA Draft as there were rumors that they both were not even close to a deal.
Hachimura and the Wizards were unable to agree on a rookie extension prior to the season and trade became more likely as Kyle Kuzma solidified himself as a priority to sign to a long-term deal in the Wizards front court.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) January 23, 2023
Hachimura is not a terrible player for the Wizards, but as a Lottery Pick he has definitely disappointed. With yet another disappointing season the Wizards are looking at the future and with Hachimura obviously not in there plans for the future they got resources to help with the future.
Getting Kendrick Nunn is not terrible as he is extra depth at guard. Not only that, but he will be a cheaper option when it comes to extending players. Nunn is not terrible, but he was not a fit in the Lakers system and needed a change of scenery.
I would definitely be disappointed if I was a Wizards fan that they could not get at least a 1st rounder in a deal involving Hachimura, but getting multiple 2nd round draft picks could be useful in future deals. That Bulls 2nd could potentially be a high pick depending on how the season goes too which is a plus.
Los Angeles Lakers Side
It has been noted many times that I am not a fan of what the Lakers have been doing the past few years. Especially with the many questionable moves that they have made via trades. However, with this trade involving Hachimura, I really like this move a lot for the Lakers. One of the major issues with the Lakers is the lack of youth and over reliance on ring chasers. Hachimura is a player that could be come the future of the franchise if he regains the skills that made him a Top 10 Draft Choice. They desperately needed to get a forward on this team with the injuries to Anthony Davis and Lonnie Walker.
Getting rid of Kendrick Nunn is not a big loss as they already have a ton of depth and players there including Dennis Schroder, Austin Reaves, Patrick Beverley, Russell Westbrook. Plus the Lakers were already planning to move on from Nunn, so at least they got something for Nunn then loosing him for nothing,
Trading three 2nd round picks kind of hurts as the Lakers don’t have a ton of draft capital, but LeBron made it clear that a move had to be made.
LeBron has made his stance evident. He wants the Lakers to make a trade and upgrade the roster, to give him and Anthony Davis a legitimate shot to make noise in the postseason.
Meanwhile, the Lakers are trying to properly balance the short & long term.https://t.co/0qWuxrF5m7 https://t.co/dnRhImo1BH pic.twitter.com/rP6fmCOLxf
— The Athletic NBA (@TheAthleticNBA) December 30, 2022
The Lakers want to compete to get another championship and let’s be real 2nd Round Picks are not super valuable in obtaining that goal for the Lakers. Making this trade gets the Lakers youth, a nice piece to have at foroward, and keeps LeBron happy. Not bad Lakers.
Grades for Rui Hachimura Trade
Washington Wizards: B
Los Angeles Lakers: A
I like the deal for both teams, but I am going to give the higher grade to the Los Angeles Lakers. They finally get some much needed youth and forward help while Lonnie Walker and Anthony Davis heal from there injuries. The Wizards don’t loose either as they get out of extending Hachimura, get extra draft capital and get some solid depth in Kendrick Nunn. Overall good moves by both Los Angeles Lakers GM Rob Pelinka and Washington Wizards GM Tommy Sheppard.
Hello my name is Nicholas and I am a writer for Moore Than Sports. I am a graduate from Farmingdale State College. Currently I am enrolled at Canisius College going for my Masters Degree in Sports Administration. My favorite sports teams are the New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars, Charlotte Hornets, Buffalo Sabers, New York Rangers, and New York Yankees. I enjoy watching sports, analyzing transactions, scouting football players, and of course writing sports articles.
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