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[SOCIAL WIRE] Basketball Player Rui Hachimura Acquired by the Lakers

Rui Hachimura, the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, started his pro career with the Washington Wizards. He now moves to the Los Angeles Lakers in a January 23 trade.

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Social media was abuzz with trade rumors about Rui Hachimura on Monday, January 23. ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne reported the same day that the Los Angeles Lakers were in advanced talks on a trade to acquire Japanese basketball player Hachimura from the Washington Wizards

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN’s senior NBA insider, Hachimura and the Wizards were unable to agree on a rookie contract extension prior to the season. 

What’s more, fellow Wizards forward Kyle Kuzma, a former Laker, had solidified himself as a mainstay in the lineup, prioritizing plans to sign a long-term deal with Washington. This created opportunities for the Wizards to explore trades involving Hachimura. The result was Monday’s transaction.

Hachimura was traded to the Lakers in exchange for shooting guard Kendrick Nunn and three future draft picks. The Gonzaga University alum leaves the Eastern Conference club and will suit up for the Lakers as early as Wednesday, January 25. 

The 24-year-old Toyama native, arrived in Los Angeles on Tuesday. ESPN.com reported that he passed his Tuesday physical.  Head Coach Darvin Ham was reported as saying he should be "ready to roll" in his Lakers debut at home against the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.

On Twitter, we look at how the league and professional basketball players reacted to the trade of the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

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