gave Los Angeles Lakers Added Roi Hachimura to their roster after completing a trade from the Washington Wizards for Kendrick Nunn and three second-round picks.
The power forward’s move comes on the back of a disappointing year in Washington, which has seen him come off the bench in every game this season. After being unable to sign a rookie contract extension, Hachimura would have become a restricted free agent at the end of it. NBA Weather
“I just want to be a place that wants me as a basketball player,” the 2019 ninth overall draft pick out of Gonzaga told reporters Saturday. “And I want to be a place that loves my game … I just want to be a place that believes in me and I can be myself. That’s my goal.”
The Lakers are looking to add another big man to their squad to help Anthony Davis and LeBron James and, while he may not start early, expect Hachimura to get more game time and He will start more games than the Wizards.
Despite only coming off the bench, Hachimura has been in good form this year, averaging 13.0 points and 4.3 rebounds in 24.3 minutes per game. He is shooting 48.8 percent from the field and 33.7 percent from three.
Lakers general manager and vice president of basketball operations Rob Pelinka said in a statement.
Hachimura can still be a restricted free agent after the season ends, but the Lakers are expected to tie him to an extension this summer.
Nunn was in his second season with the Lakers and his fourth in the NBA, but the shooting guard missed last year due to a knee injury and has played only in a reserve role this season, averaging 39 points. Games are worth 6.7 points.