The Los Angeles Lakers re-signed forward Rui Hachimura, it was announced today by Vice President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Rob Pelinka.
After joining Los Angeles via trade from Washington on Jan. 23, Hachimura (6’8”, 230) appeared in 33 games (nine starts) and averaged 9.6 points (.485 FG%) and 4.7 rebounds in 22.4 minutes per contest to end the 2022-23 regular season. Overall, Hachimura appeared in 63 games (nine starts) with the Lakers and Wizards last season and averaged 11.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 23.3 minutes per game. During the 2023 NBA Playoffs with the purple and gold, Hachimura averaged 12.2 points and 3.6 rebounds in 16 games (one start), shooting 55.7 percent from the field and 48.7 percent from 3-point range, good for the sixth-best mark in the playoffs. The 25- year-old was the only player in the 2023 NBA Playoffs to shoot at least 55.0 percent from the field (min. 10 FGA), 48.0 percent from 3-point range and 88.0 percent from the free-throw line.
Across four professional NBA seasons, Hachimura has appeared in 210 career games (127 starts) for the Lakers (2022-23) and Wizards (2019-23), averaging 12.5 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 26.9 minutes per game. The Japanese native has played in 21 career playoff games (six starts) for the Lakers (2022-23) and Wizards (2020-21), posting averages of 12.8 points and 4.5 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game, while shooting 57.3 percent from the field and 51.9 percent from beyond the arc.
Hachimura was selected by Washington with the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft after a three-year collegiate career (2016-19) at Gonzaga University. In his final season as a junior, Hachimura appeared in 37 games and averaged 19.7 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 30.2 minutes per contest on his way to being named a consensus First Team All-American.