That’s why they sent Kendrick Nunn and three second-round picks to the nation’s capital to acquire Rui Hachimura, who wasn’t happy with his decreased role due to the Washington Wizards’ frontcourt logjam.
Now, the Japanese forward is expected to have a prominent role with the purple and gold, most likely starting next to Davis and James once he learns the ropes of Darvin Ham‘s system.
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But the best part is that trading for Hachimura doesn’t stop the Lakers from making any other major moves.
Hachimura gives them the size, strength, athleticism, and versatility they need in the frontcourt next to their two stars, and it gives Ham plenty of versatility to play with his rotations.
More than that, the former ninth-overall pick is soon to turn 25, so there’s still plenty of room for improvement and the possibility of keeping him on a team-friendly contract extension.
Now, he’ll get a chance to be on the floor with three future Hall of Famers, so he better be ready to embrace the expectations of Laker Nation.