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NBA trade rumors: Wizards’ Rui Hachimura takes pitch to other teams after 30-point outburst

NBA trade rumors: Wizards’ Rui Hachimura takes pitch to other teams after 30-point outburst

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Before the NBA trade deadline, wizards forward Rui Hachimura has heard the talk about their future in Washington, but he’s doing everything he can to keep his focus on the court and his confidence.

“I just have to stay focused on the moment right now,” Hachimura said of the situation after scoring 30 points Saturday night in a win over the Magic. “I know all the things that are going on right now. I just have to play the games and just be myself… I just have to play my game. I know what I can do and I can help the team win. It’s either another team. I can help teams.”

While he’s not trying to let outside noise distract him, it doesn’t necessarily sound like Hachimura would be opposed to a trade out of Washington. “I just want to be at a place that wants me as a basketball player, and I want to be at a place that likes my game,” Hachimura said.

After starting every game he played in his first two seasons with the Wizards, Hachimura has started just 13 games total between this season and last. When asked if Washington might still be the best place to continue his career, Hachimura replied, “I don’t know. We have to find out.”

The Wizards have reportedly begun trade talks with several teams focused on Hachimura. Hachimura will be a restricted free agent in the offseason and has reportedly drawn interest from several teams in the Western Conference. On the season, Hachimura is averaging 12.9 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game, and could provide an opposing team with some extra scoring.

In addition to Hachimura, the Wizards have also received a lot of interest moving forward Kyle Kuzma. However, Wizards team officials value Kuzma highly and would like to re-sign him over the summer, so it seems unlikely that he will be moved before the Feb. 9 deadline. However, Washington is definitely a team to watch to this date.





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