Lakers Strike Gold in Trade for Rui Hachimura: What the Wizards Got in Return

The Washington Wizards have agreed to trade Rui Hachimura to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for a package of future draft picks and players. The deal, which was announced on Thursday, marks the end of Hachimura’s two-year tenure with the Wizards.

The Wizards have been looking to rebuild their roster for some time and were willing to part ways with the Japanese forward in order to acquire assets that could help them in the future. The Lakers are hoping that the addition of Hachimura can help them make another deep run in the playoffs this season.

Hachimura was the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft and has shown flashes of potential in his two seasons with the Wizards. He averaged 13.5 points and 5.9 rebounds per game last season and was named to the NBA All-Rookie Second Team.

The Wizards will receive guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, forward Jared Dudley, and two future first round picks in the trade. The Lakers will also receive a 2021 second round pick from the Wizards.

The trade is a win-win for both teams. The Wizards get to start their rebuild with some valuable assets while the Lakers get to add a promising young player to their roster. It remains to be seen how Hachimura will fit in with the Lakers, but the team is confident that he can help them reach their goals this season.