Wizards trade Rui Hachimura to Lakers for Kendrick Nunn, 3 draft picks


The Washington Wizards have finalized a trade to send forward Rui Hachimura to the Los Angeles Lakers, the team confirmed Monday.

The Wizards will receive guard Kendrick Nunn and three second-round picks from the Lakers to complete the move, as earlier reported by ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The trade was completed on Monday evening when the Wizards and Lakers confirmed the move.

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Washington will receive the Lakers' 2023 second-round pick (via the Chicago Bulls), the Lakers' 2029 second-round pick, and the less favorable 2028 second-round pick (either one the Wizards sent to Los Angeles in an earlier trade or the original Lakers pick), according to Wojnarowski.

Hachumira was the subject of trade rumors last week with "several Western Conference teams in need of scoring" interested in acquiring the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

Wizards head coach Wes Unseld Jr. said earlier on Monday that Hachimura was excused from the team's practice for personal reasons.

Hachimura, who turns 25 in February, is averaging 24.3 minutes per game off the bench this season. He is averaging 13 points on 10.8 attempts per game (48.8% from the floor) with 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 30 games for Washington.

The Lakers will work to sign Hachimura to an extension this summer, per Wojnarowski. Hachimura will be a restricted free agent this offseason and appeared disgruntled in Washington as he was not offered a rookie contract extension before the season.

Nunn, 27, will be looking to re-find the form in Miami that solidified the former undrafted player as an NBA contributor after missing all of last season with a knee injury.

In 39 games for Los Angeles this season, he has averaged 6.7 points (40.6% from the floor, 32.5% from three) with 1.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 13.5 minutes per game. During his two seasons with the Heat when he was primarily a starter, he averaged 15 points (45.8% from the floor, 36.4% from three)with 2.9 rebounds and 3 assists in 29.4 minutes per game.

Nunn's total Player Efficiency Rating with Miami was 13.5 (below the league average of 15) but that number has fallen to 8.9 in LA.

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