Lakers insider explains how they plan to use Rui Hachimura next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis


In a recent trade, the Los Angeles Lakers acquired Rui Hachimura in exchange for Kendrick Nunn and three second-round picks.

This was without a doubt a wise decision for the squad, as Hachimura’s versatility would probably help them strengthen their frontcourt.

Lakers have acquired Rui Hachimura

According to a recent article by Jovan Buha of The Athletic, the Los Angeles Lakers want to start Rui Hachimura going forward. The team obviously values what he brings to the table, and his versatility in defense fits perfectly with Darvin Ham’s defense-first approach.

“The soon-to-be 25-year-old Hachimura has the size (6 foot 8, 230 pounds), length (7-foot-2 wingspan) and athleticism that the Lakers desperately need in the frontcourt. His ability to play either forward spot helps balance the roster’s positional structure. It’s unclear if Hachimura will start on Day 1, but the expectation is that he will start next to LeBron James and Anthony Davis once the rotation settles, multiple team sources told The Athletic.”

How well Rui Hachimura meshes with the Los Angeles Lakers is still up for debate. The team obviously has great expectations for him, and it has already been mentioned that they plan to re-sign him in free agency. Hopefully, they continue to prosper in the future, and Hachimura will undoubtedly aid them in their push for the postseason.

Lakers can still make more moves

The Los Angeles Lakers are probably currently looking into any moves that may help the squad get better. They are in fact one of the teams vying for Bojan Bogdanovic, according to a recent report.

“The Raptors, Los Angeles Lakers, New Orleans Pelicans, Milwaukee Bucks, Cleveland Cavaliers and Dallas Mavericks are among the teams registering interest in Detroit’s Bojan Bogdanović, league sources say. The Pistons have maintained that they prefer to keep Bogdanović moving forward, but as The Athletic’s James Edwards III reported, the franchise is open to conversations, and it’s believed an unprotected first-round pick can pry Bogdanović out of Detroit.”

For the Detroit Pistons right now, Bojan Bogdanovic is averaging 21.3 PPG, 3.6 RPG, and 2.8 APG. The Los Angeles Lakers would benefit greatly from his addition because he excels at 3-point shooting and has a fantastic off-ball game. Before the trade deadline, let’s hope the Los Angeles Lakers make another move. They still have a good chance to be among the top teams in the West, and we’ll have to wait and see what happens later.

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