The Los Angeles Lakers pulled off a big trade with the Washington Wizards on Monday, sending Kendrick Nunn and three second-round picks in exchange for former first-rounder Rui Hachimura.
When the trade fell, we looked one Lakers player initial reaction.
Dennis Schroder was doing a live stream when one of his viewers asked what he thought about the Hachimura trade.
He had no idea what the viewer was talking about (this link to the video contains NSFW language).
“What trade? Rui? Oh, no, hell no,” said a stunned Schroeder. “Rui for Kendrick Nunn? Oh my god, I have to text Rui. I need to text Kendrick Nunn.”
Schroeder got up from his chair, apparently to get his cell phone. He was still in shock when he returned.
However, he understands the nature of the game.
“It’s crazy, man. The NBA, it’s a crazy business,” he said.
“We are excited to welcome Rui and his family to the Los Angeles Lakers,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said in a statement. “The aim was to add size and depth to the wing position and the chance to achieve this by acquiring a player with Rui’s two-way skills and strengths was a rare opportunity. We want to thank Kendrick Nunn and his family for his time with the Lakers, and we wish him the best in the future.”
The Wizards selected Hatimura ninth overall from Gonzaga in the 2019 NBA Draft and was named to the All-Rookie Team after averaging 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game for Washington.
He has maintained that output, averaging 13 points per game off the bench for the Wizards in 30 games this season.
However, the Wizards were unable to sign him beginner extension before the start of the season there were rumors that he could be bought. The rumors turned out to be true.
“I just want to be somewhere I want to be as a basketball player,” Hachimura said last week. “And I want to be somewhere that likes my game. … I just want to be somewhere that believes in me and I can be myself. That’s my goal.”
Nunn has seen limited time with the Lakers this season, averaging 13.5 minutes over 39 games with 6.7 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists. He burst onto the NBA scene in the 2019-2020 season when he averaged 15.3 points per game for the Miami Heat as a starting point guard.