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Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura (8) reacts after scoring against the Orlando Magic during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jess Rapfogel)

Rui Hachimura to Los Angeles Lakers

Sandeep Chandok: The streets (aka Twitter) are calling this trade a steal for the Lakers, and they might be right. Rob Pelinka shipped Kendrick Nunn and three second-round picks (2023, 2028, 2029) to the Wizards to acquire Hachimura, a 6-foot-8 forward who provides size on the wing, defensive versatility and capable 3-point shooting (41.3% on catch-and-shoot 3s over the last two seasons, per ESPN). In 30 games this season, the 24-year-old averaged 13.0 points on 48.8% shooting in 24.3 minutes off the Washington bench behind former Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma.

"I just want to be somewhere that wants me as a basketball player," Hachimura told reporters last week. "And I want to be somewhere that likes my game."

Hachimura will play alongside LeBron James, Anthony Davis and former Wizards teammate Russell Westbrook. The Lakers reportedly seek a contract extension for Hachimura in the offseason when he becomes a restricted free agent. If the 2019 No. 9 overall pick plays well, he should get a new deal, but the downside would be his $18.8 million salary-cap hit (per Spotrac), which is a little over half of L.A.'s expected $34 million in cap space.

To make other deals, the Lakers have multiple second picks as well as their 2027 and 2029 first-rounders, which they're reluctant to surrender. They also have the expiring contracts of Patrick Beverley and Lonnie Walker to use as trade assets.

Joe Lago: As is the case with Wizards lottery picks, Hachimura arrived in D.C. with the hope of blossoming into a key piece for a franchise still trying to find its footing since John Wall’s injury-ravaged final years in Washington. While he averaged 13.0 points and 5.1 rebounds in his 3 1/2 seasons, Hachimura battled injuries, playing no more than 57 games in a season, and he became less of a priority after the failure to agree on a rookie extension along with the emergence of Kuzma last season and the immediate impact of Kristaps Porzingis this season.

Nunn, who never provided the Lakers the 3-point marksmanship he displayed with the Heat, joins a crowded backcourt but has an expiring contract. The three second-round picks from the Lakers are obvious trade chips to be packaged for something more valuable, ideally a first-rounder in this year’s draft.

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