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Hachimura on trade rumors: ‘I just want to be somewhere that wants me’

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 21: Rui Hachimura #8 of the Washington Wizards shoots against the Orlando Magic during the second half at Capital One Arena on January 21, 2023 in Washington, DC. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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The Washington Wizards are listening to trade offers for young forward Rui Hachimura — and it sounds like Hachimura is good with that.

“I just want to be somewhere that wants me as a basketball player, and I want to be somewhere that likes my game,” Hachimura said Saturday, via the Associated Press. That led to the follow-up question, is that place Washington?

“I don’t know. We’ve got to find out.”

Hachimura is playing the “tell me you want a trade without telling me you want a trade” game.

There will be interest in Hachimura around the league, he’s been a solid reserve, averaging 12.4 points per game and is a plus defender (he’s not great at spacing the floor, shooting just 32.4% from 3). However, a team giving up an asset (player and/or pick) to trade for him will want to re-sign the restricted free agent this summer and the price to do that could make a team hesitant.

Expect a lot of Hachimura rumors over the next few weeks until the Feb. 9 trade deadline.