The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a deal to acquire Washington Wizards forward Rui Hachimura for Kendrick Nunn and three second-round picks, sources told ESPN on Monday.
The deal includes a 2023 second-round pick via Chicago, the Lakers’ own in 2029 and the less favorable of the Wizards’ and Lakers’ 2028 second-round picks, sources said.
Hachimura, 24, had grown unhappy without a rookie contract extension in the preseason and became less of a priority with the emergence of Kyle Kuzma in the Wizards’ frontcourt.
“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. … I just want to be somewhere that believes in me and I can be myself. That’s my goal.”
Los Angeles acquired Hachimura with the intention of signing him to an extension this summer, sources said. Hachimura can be a restricted free agent.
The Lakers believe that Hachimura gives them another sizable wing defender who has shown an ability to make corner 3-pointers and midrange shots when teams run the Lakers off the 3-point line. He has shot 40.8% on catch-and-shoot 3-pointers over the past two seasons, according to ESPN Stats & Information research, and is shooting 35.1% on catch-and-shoot 3s over the course of his career.
Hachimura, the ninth overall pick out of Gonzaga in the 2019 NBA draft, is averaging 13.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 24.3 minutes per game this season.
Nunn, in his fourth NBA season, has played in 39 games this year after missing all of last season due to a knee injury. He was averaging 6.7 points off the bench for the Lakers this season.
PORTLAND, Ore. — With his team down by 25 points at the half after being outscored 45-13 by the Trail Blazers in the second quarter, Los Angeles Lakers coach Darvin Ham kept his comments to the players brief during the break.
“Darvin walked out of here and said, ‘Y’all figure this s— out,'” point guard Dennis Schroder said following the Lakers’ improbable 121-112 come-from-behind victory on Sunday.
Ham’s exit provided an opening for Lakers guard Patrick Beverley to share a message that resonated with the group in the impromptu players meeting.
“Told the guys, ‘Just turn our swag up,'” said Beverley, who had a plus-minus of plus-27 in the 29 minutes he was in the game. “Understand we’re fortunate to play a game that gives us stability to take care of our families, be able to live a lifestyle, a fortunate lifestyle that a lot of people dream about.
“So regardless of what’s going on, have fun with this s—. Stay swaggy. That was my message, and we came out and responded.”
The Blazers outscoring the Lakers by 32 in the second quarter was the widest margin by any NBA team in any quarter this season. What came next was one of the biggest turnarounds in Lakers franchise history — tied for the second-largest halftime deficit overcome to win, behind only the 28-point comeback L.A. had against the Dallas Mavericks in December 2002.
Beverley, who was whistled for a technical foul in the second quarter for jawing with Damian Lillard while the Blazers star was at the free throw line, continued to talk on the court in the second half — and backed it up with ferocious on-ball defense.
“I think it’s inspiring, man,” Ham said of Beverley. “When you step out on this floor at this level, you have to feel like you’re one of the best … and believe it. And he’s been consistent in that regard, in terms of trying to provide a spark.
“We’ve brought him here to be a defensive agitator on behalf of the Lakers in a good manner. And he’s done that. And tonight, it was on full display, as well.”
L.A. outscored Portland 75-41 after halftime, and when it appeared the comeback was all but complete, Beverley mocked Lillard’s signature “Dame Time” wrist tap by shaking his own wrist and starting to hit it, miming as if the watch he was wearing was broken then pretending to take it off and put it in his pocket.
“I mean, that’s PB,” Schroder said with a laugh when asked about Beverley’s wristwatch goof. “That’s what he does. He lives for those moments, and he’s been doing it throughout his whole career. So you can’t blame him.”
L.A. shot 56.5% in the second half and held the Blazers to 30.8% shooting.