The Los Angeles Lakers have pulled off a major trade, acquiring forward Rui Hachimura from the Washington Wizards. The Wizards received guard Kendrick Nunn and two second-round picks in exchange.
The move came as a surprise to many, including Lakers guard Dennis Schröder. During a live Twitch video, Schröder reacted to the news with an awkward silence and a look of disbelief.
The Lakers were willing to make the deal because of Hachimura’s potential. He averaged 13.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last season and is expected to be a key contributor for the Lakers.
The Wizards, meanwhile, are hoping to build around star Giannis Antetokounmpo and Khris Middleton. The team is looking to add more pieces and the two second-round picks could help them do that.
It remains to be seen how the trade will affect the Lakers and the Wizards, but it is clear that both teams are looking to improve for the upcoming season.