Breaking down the Rui trade 👀

Hachimura is in the last year of his deal, and the Wizards were unable to lock him down to an extension, leading to his trade. LA will now look to sign him to an extension this summer. 

The 24-year-old forward gives the much-needed size to Darvin Ham’s rotation. The Lakers have lacked depth at forward all season long while having a surplus of guards. Standing at 6’8’’, Hachimura will provide offense and shot-creating for the team while being a solid defender. 

He’s not a star like many of the other players' LA was linked to, but he fills the role they need. Hachimura is also a young player who helps them build up a young roster around LeBron and AD. 

This season, he is averaging 13/4/1, shooting 48.8% from the field and 33.7% from three. While his three-point shot hasn’t been like it was last season, where he shot 44.7%, he can still knock down the three-ball and space the floor.

He’s coming off a January 21st performance where he had 30 points, shooting 13-22 and 3-5 from distance. 

Having another shot-creator on the roster can open things up more for LeBron, AD, and Westbrook, as defenses won’t be able to focus on them exclusively. 

Hachimura could move into the starting lineup or be a part of the bench unit with Westbrook. Either way, he will be a great addition to the rotation. 

The Lakers have seen the role players step up in AD’s absence as Dennis Schroder, Thomas Bryant, Wenyen Gabriel, Troy Brown Jr, JTA, and Max Christie have all played bigger roles. Adding Hachimura to this group with AD, Lonnie Walker IV, and Austin Reaves set to return soon sets up the Lakers for success.  

This team has gone through ups and downs this season, as they sit in 12th place at 22-25. However, they are only two games out of the 6th seed, and the Lakers are in a prime position to make a deep playoff push in the wide-open Western Conference.

The addition of Hachimura will go a long way as he is a dynamic young forward and fills the role they desperately need.

What do you think about the addition of Hachimura?



    Dexter bincay
  • Nunn got hurt @ an inopportune time and that has cheated us out of seeing what he could REALLY provide the squad. Now we get another YOUNG player who can shoot and he’s got experience w/Westbrook? It’s almost like he’s back w/his old team again!

    Brian B.
  • Great pickup for the Lakers getting rid of a guard and getting size in return that we desperately need

    Daniel Casas

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