Lakers re-sign Rui Hachimura: B
One of the more impactful trades from the 2023 trade deadline was the Lakers shipping multiple second-round picks and Kendrick Nunn to the Washington Wizards for Rui Hachimura. Los Angeles pulled off this trade before the deadline frenzy and it ended being more than worth it.
Not only did Hachimura play a key role in the Lakers’ playoff success as the team’s best player off the bench but the Lakers were able to recoup the second-round picks by trading Thomas Bryant to the Denver Nuggets. LA essentially flipped Bryant and Nunn for Hachimura, which was a huge win.
The Lakers are not letting Hachimura go anywhere as they signed the restricted free agent to a three-year, $51 million contract. That might seem like a huge contract but in today’s NBA with the contracts being handed out, $17 million a year is not so bad.
Sure, it might be a bit overpriced and in a perfect world, the Lakers could have signed Hachimura to a $12-15 million average annual salary. And maybe they could have if the team let the process play out as no other teams may have offered Hachimura $50 million for the Lakers to match.
But those extra few million really won’t make a tangible difference, especially considering the fact that the team was able to save so much money in other areas.