The Los Angeles Lakers made a big trade with the Washington Wizards on Monday, sending Kendrick Nunn and three second-round picks for former first-rounder Rui Hachimura.
When the trade fell, we could see the initial reaction of a Lakers player.
Dennis Schröder was broadcasting live when one of his viewers asked him what he thought of the Hachimura trade.
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He had no idea what the viewer was talking about (this video link contains the NSFW language).
“What job? Rui? Oh no, hell no,” said a stunned Schröder. “Rui for Kendrick Nunn?” Oh my god, I have to text Rui. I need to text Kendrick Nunn.
Schröder rose from his chair, apparently to retrieve his cell phone. When he returned, he was still in shock.
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However, he understands the nature of the game.
“It’s crazy, man. The NBA is a business – crazy,” he said.
“We are thrilled to welcome Rui and his family to the Los Angeles Lakers,” Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka said in a statement. “Adding both size and depth to the wing position was a goal, and the chance to accomplish that by acquiring a player with Rui’s two-way skills and advantage was an opportunity that didn’t doesn’t show up often. We want to thank Kendrick Nunn and his family for his time as a Laker, and we wish him only the best for the future.”
The Wizards selected Hachimura ninth overall over Gonzaga in the 2019 NBA Draft, and he was named to the All-Rookie Team after averaging 13.5 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists. per game for Washington.
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He has maintained that production, averaging 13 points per game off the bench for the Wizards in 30 games this season.
However, with the Wizards failing to sign him for a rookie extension before the start of the season, there were rumors that they could buy him. The rumors ended up being true.
“I just want to be somewhere that wants me as a basketball player,” Hachimura said last week. “And I want to be somewhere that loves my game. … I just want to be somewhere that believes in me and I can be myself. That’s my goal.”
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Nunn has had limited time with the Lakers this season, averaging 13.5 minutes in his 39 games with 6.7 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists. He burst onto the NBA scene in the 2019-20 season, when he averaged 15.3 points per game for the Miami Heat as a starting point guard.