Lakers excited to add Rui Hachimura, but Rob Pelinka says more moves are possible

LOS ANGELES — Rui Hachimura had no sooner arrived at his new home arena than the Lakers put him to work.

Moments after walking through the tunnel at Arena, Hachimura was in Lakers warm-up gear and on the court, going through drills with assistant coach Phil Handy and under the watchful gaze of his new head coach and new GM. But what stood out about the session even more than Hachimura sinking corner 3-pointers or swishing jumpers out of post-ups was his face: Hachimura beamed for almost the entire half-hour workout.

It was only days ago when the 24-year-old told The Washington Post that he wanted “to be somewhere that wants me as a basketball player.” He didn’t play on Tuesday night against the Clippers, but already he could feel it sinking in that he was with not only a team that needs a player like him but also in a place where he once dreamed of living.

“It’s so funny that when I was in college, I came here for college games and stuff, and I was joking around how this was gonna be my home,” Hachimura said. “So it’s great it’s really happening right now. So yeah, I’m so happy, and I’m so excited for this.”

The Lakers are excited, too. By getting Hachimura in a Monday trade, they added a 6-foot-8 forward and former top-10 draft pick who they kept a close eye on during his Gonzaga days and who they might be able to re-sign this summer. For a team in need of size, depth and youth, Hachimura checks a lot of boxes.

“He definitely fills a big void of giving us more size on the perimeter, a guy who can also guard bigger players in the post,” Coach Darvin Ham said after watching Hachimura’s pregame workout. “Just what …read more

Source:: Los Angeles Daily News

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