Lakers-Wizards trade details: Los Angeles adds Rui Hachimura in exchange for draft picks, Kendrick Nunn


The Lakers have reportedly made the first splash to get the NBA’s trade season underway.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Lakers will acquire 24-year-old forward Rui Hachimura from the Wizards in exchange for Kendrick Nunn and three second-round picks.

Los Angeles is trying to maximize the talent around superstar forward LeBron James, who just turned 38 in December. The Lakers have turned a corner as of late, winning two games in a row and six of their last 10. They still sit in 12th place in the West, but they are only one game out of the Play-In Tournament and two games back from the No. 6 seed, which would guarantee Los Angeles a playoff spot.

For more details on the first trade ahead of the deadline on February 9th, The Sporting News has you covered below.

Lakers-Wizards trade details

The Lakers will reportedly acquire Hachimura — the No. 9 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft — for Nunn and draft picks.

Lakers receive:

  • Rui Hachimura, PF

Wizards receive:

  • Kendrick Nunn, PG
  • 2023 second-round pick (via CHI)
  • 2028 second-round swap (worst)
  • 2029 second-round pick

Wojnarowski and Charania announced the Lakers would send the Bulls’ 2023 second-round pick, their own 2029 second-round pick and a 2028 second-round pick swap, where the Wizards would get the more favorable selection.

Rui Hachimura contract details

Hachimura is on an expiring $6.3 million contract and is set to become a restricted free agent this upcoming offseason. According to Spotrac, Hachimura’s upcoming Qualifying Offer will be worth $8.5 million should he elect to re-sign with the Lakers for just one more season before hitting unrestricted free agency.

  2022-23 2023-24 2023
Rui Hachimura $6.3 million QO: $8.5 million RFA

Wojnarowski added that the Lakers “traded for Hachimura with the intention of signing him to an extension this summer.”

Lakers updated depth chart

Hachimura will provide the Lakers with an athletic forward on the wing who still has room to grow at 24 years old. For his career, Hachimura is averaging 13.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists, knocking down 35.6 percent of his 3-point attempts.

  Starter 2nd 3rd 4th
PG Dennis Schroder Russell Westbrook Scotty Pippen Jr. (TW)  
SG Patrick Beverley Austin Reaves (INJ) Lonnie Walker IV (INJ) Max Christe
SF Rui Hachimura Troy Brown Jr. Cole Swider (TW)  
PF LeBron James Juan Toscano-Anderson Anthony Davis (INJ)  
C Thomas Bryant Wenyen Gabriel Damian Jones  

Lakers future draft picks

After sending out three second-round picks, here’s an updated look at the Lakers’ future draft picks.

Year First Round Second Round
2023 None Own
2024 None MEM or WAS
2025 Own Own
2026 Own None
2027 Own Own
2028 Own Own or WAS
2029 Own None

When is the NBA trade deadline?

The NBA trade deadline is quickly approaching, set for Thursday, Feb. 9 at 3 p.m. ET.

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