Anthony Davis Reacts to Rui Hachimura and Lakers' Victory over Rockets

Published April 3, 2023 at 1:55 PM

In a thrilling match on April 2, the Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Houston Rockets, led by Anthony Davis' 40-point performance. Lakers legend James Worthy, however, felt Rui Hachimura stood out.

Hachimura contributed 20 points, 12 rebounds, and three blocks. When asked about Hachimura's performance, Davis said, «Obviously, we know what he can do offensively but defensively, he had three huge blocks he was really great tonight.»

The Lakers acquired Hachimura with plans to sign him to an extension this summer, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. He'll become a restricted free agent in July after a qualifying offer of $8.5 million.

Wojnarowski noted Hachimura's potential as a "sizable wing defender" with a talent for corner 3-pointers and midrange shots. Jovan Buha of The Athletic reported that Hachimura is expected to command a double-digit annual salary this summer.

Buha wrote, «Internally, Los Angeles is high on Hachimura The Lakers are interested in retaining Hachimura and currently expect to re-sign the restricted free agent this offseason Hachimura is expected to command a double-digit annual salary, though much lower than his nearly $19 million cap hold.»

Hachimura has career averages of 12.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.3 assists. He was the ninth overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.
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