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Rui Hachimura when asked if he will stay in Washington before the deadline: “I don’t know” – Basketball Insiders

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The Rui Hachimura trade saga lives on! Every week there is more news about the potential transfer of the Wizard big man, as we closely approach the deadline of February 9th and teams like the Bucks, Cavs and Kings trail behind him. 

However, the Japanese star tries to say the least possible about the transfer concerns, and focus entirely on his game. And boy, he sure concentrated this weekend as he dropped 30 points in Washington’s victory over Orlando. In his last 10 games for his team, the power foward has always scored 20 or more points except for a 19-point game on January 6th against the Thunder.

As the Wizards beat the Magic 138-118, Hachimura also won 5 rebounds and handled two blocks. Watch some of his best highlights from the weekend:

“I’ve just got to keep focus on the moment right now,” he said as journalists gathered around him after scoring 30 points that night. “I know all the stuff going on right now (addressing the transfer rumours). I’ve just got to play the games and just to be myself… I just got to play my game. I know what I can do, and I can help the team to win. It’s either here or other team. I can help teams.”

You could tell he was trying his best not to talk about all the trading speculation around him, especially after a man of the match performance, but simply couldn’t ressist the temptation of letting his feelings be known to the public. “I just want to be somewhere that wants me as a basketball player, and I want to be somewhere that likes my game,” Hachimura would go on to say.

Let’s get things straight here. The Japanese player was a undisputed starter for the Wizards during his first two seasons, but ever since the 2021/22 campaign, he’s only started 13 times. When we has asked if he will stay in Washington to continue his career, he released an uncomfortable giggle and replied: ”I don’t know. We’ve got to find out.”

Since the beginning of the year, the Wizards have reportedly begun trade talks with multiple teams focused mainly…

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