San Francisco Chronicle

Lakers acquire Hachimura in trade


The Los Angeles Lakers acquired 2019 lottery pick Rui Hachimura from the Washington Wizards on Monday in exchange for Kendrick Nunn and a package of second-round draft picks.

Hachimura, a Japanese power forward drafted No. 9 overall out of Gonzaga, has appeared in 30 games for the Wizards this season, all off the bench, averaging 13 points on 49% shooting.

At 22-25, the Lakers entered Monday in 12th place in the Western Conference, one game behind the Warriors, Jazz and Thunder; two games behind the Clippers for the No. 6 spot and four games back of the Pelicans for No. 4.

With LeBron James averaging nearly 30 points per game and a belief that Anthony Davis will be back from injury sooner than later, the Lakers hope they can make a move by adding Hachimura, who figures to provide wing defense and 3-point shooting ability.

The Wizards got secondroun­d picks this year, 2028 and 2029, plus a trade exception. Nunn (6.7 points in 39 games) is in his fourth NBA season, his second with the Lakers, though he missed all of last season with a knee problem.

• In Monday's highlights, Paolo Banchero scored 23 points and Wendell Carter Jr. had 21 points and 11 rebounds as the host Orlando Magic broke the Boston Celtics' nine-game winning streak, 113-98 . ... Giannis Antetokoun­mpo scored 20 of his 29 points in the first quarter, returning to the lineup after a five-game absence (sore right knee) and the Milwaukee Bucks prevailed 150-130 at Detroit . ... DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points in his 1,000th career game and the host Chicago Bulls beat the Atlanta Hawks 111-100.

Owner Moreno takes Angels off market

Los Angeles Angels owner Arte Moreno has decided not to sell the team. Moreno announced his plan to explore a sale of the team in August and met with prospectiv­e buyers during the winter.

“During this process, it became clear that we have unfinished business and feel we can make a positive impact on the future of the team and the fan experience," Moreno said in a statement. “This offseason, we committed to a franchise record player payroll, and still want to accomplish our goal of bringing a World Series championsh­ip back to our fans.”

Moreno, 76, is an outdoor advertisin­g mogul from Arizona who bought the Angels from the Walt Disney Company in 2003, shortly after the franchise won its only World Series championsh­ip.

The Angels' fortunes under Moreno have flagged mightily since an appearance in the ALCS in 2009. The Halos have not won a playoff game in the past 13 years, making just one postseason appearance (2014).

• The Minnesota Twins acquired Michael A. Taylor from the Kansas City Royals, adding depth and defense to their outfield in exchange for two reliefpitc­hing prospects. Taylor, 31, batted .254 with nine home runs and 43 RBIs in 414 at-bats last season for the Royals, his second year with the club after spending his first seven majorleagu­e seasons with the Washington Nationals.

The Twins sent right-hander Steven Cruz, 23, and left-hander Evan Sisk, 25, to the Royals.

NHL: In Monday's highlights, Mika Zibanejad scored twice and Igor Shesterkin stopped 33 shots as the host New York Rangers, 15-4-2 since Dec. 5, beat the Florida Panthers 6-2. ... William Nylander had two goals and two assists as the host Toronto Maple Leafs beat the slumping New York Islanders 5-2.

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