NBA: Lakers make crucial first move as LeBron gets helping hand for play-off push

NBA, The Lakers are finally reshuffling their roster. According to various sources, the Lakers are finalizing a deal that would send guard Kendrick Nunn and three second-round selections to the Wizards in exchange for forward Rui Hachimura. Wes Unseld, the Wizards’ head coach, said that Hachimura,24, skipped Monday’s practice due to personal issues. Both parties were apparently unable to reach an agreement on a rookie contract extension.

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Hachimura is averaging 13 points on 48.8 percent shooting, 4.3 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 24.3 minutes per game. “I just have to stay focused right now,” Hachimura said after scoring 30 points in a victory against the Magic on Saturday night. “I’m aware of everything that is happening right now. I simply have to play the games and be myself… I just have to play my game. I know what I’m capable of, and I can help the team win. It’s either here or with the other team.

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I can assist teams.” According to ESPN, Hachimura has shot 40.8 percent on catch-and-shoot three-pointers during the previous two seasons and 35.1 percent on his career catch-and-shoot three-pointers. The Wizards picked the Gonzaga product ninth overall in the 2019 NBA Draft. It’s uncertain if Hachimura will be available for the Lakers’ game against the Clippers on Tuesday.

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Nunn, who will join the Wizards, is in his fourth NBA season and has played 39 games for the Lakers this season after missing the whole season due to a knee injury. This season, Nunn is averaging 6.7 points off the bench for the Lakers. According to reports, the Wizards will acquire the Bulls’ 2023 second-round selection, the Lakers’ 2029 second-round pick, and another second-round pick in 2028.

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