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 dropped, we got to see the initial reaction from 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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I had no idea what the viewer was talking about (this video link contains NSFW language).
“What trade? Rui? Oh no, hell no,” said a stunned Schröder. “Rui for Kendrick Nunn? Oh my gosh I have to text Rui. I have to text Kendrick Nunn.”
Schröder got up from his chair, apparently to look for his cell phone. Once he returned, he was still in shock.
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However, he understands the nature of the game.
“That’s crazy, man. The NBA, it’s a business, crazy,” 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. “Adding size and depth to the forward position has been a goal, and the opportunity to achieve that by acquiring a player with Rui’s two-way skills and advantage was an opportunity that doesn’t come along often. We want to thank Kendrick Nunn and his family on his time as a Laker, and we wish him the best in the future.”
The Wizards selected Hachimura ninth overall out of 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’s kept up that production, averaging 13 points per game off the bench for the Wizards in 30 games this season.
However, since the Wizards failed to sign him to a rookie extension before the season started, there were rumors that they might buy him. The rumors ended up being true.
“I just want to be in a place that loves me 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.”
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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 during the 2019-20 season, when he averaged 15.3 points per game for the Miami Heat as a starting point guard.