Rui Hachimura Doesn't Seem to Think Lakers Trade Rumors Hold Weight

Rui Hachimura just made a move that could point to him thinking he'll remain a Laker at the trade deadline.
Dec 31, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA;  Los Angeles Lakers forward Rui Hachimura (28) brings the
Dec 31, 2023; New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; Los Angeles Lakers forward Rui Hachimura (28) brings the / Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

Despite the fact that he's only just coming up on the one-year anniversary of being traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, not to mention that he signed a big contrac extension this offseason, Rui Hachimura has been at the center of trade rumors as the deadline approaches.

That's life as a role player who doesn't gel with LeBron James and Anthony Davis, and it often feels like everyone except those two is perpetually on the trade block as the Lakers look to continue building a contending roster around their stars.

Hachimura's latest purchase, however, showcases that he doesn't seem too worried about the rumors.

Lakers News: Rui Hachimura Buys New House in Los Angeles Despite Trade Rumors

According to Robb Report, Rui Hachimura just purchased a brand-new $7.2 million house in San Fernando Valley.

His new home base comes in at 7,350 square feet with six bedrooms and seven bathrooms. The full article has a long list of descriptions of what the house looks like for the more voyeuristic among us, but some highlights include a floor-to-ceiling fireplace, two outdoor spaces set up for entertaining, a master "retreat" (I think this means bedroom, but I don't have a $51 million contract so I can only guess) and multiple kitchens.

Not a bad purchase for a guy who could be moving by February.

Of course, buying a new house isn't exactly confirmation that he won't be traded, or even that he doesn't think he'll be traded. In a business that shifts as quickly as pro sports, you can't just not live your life because there are rumors swirling.

Hachimura may have bought the house knowing full well he may have to sell it soon. Or he could intend to use it as a summer or vacation home even if he does get traded. Or maybe he just has his sights set on being a real estate investor.

The 25-year-old Hachimura is already in his fifth NBA season and has averaged 11.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 assists in 23.5 minutes per game for the Lakers this season. 

With plenty of time left to still make a splash at teh trade deadline, the Lakers rank just ninth in the odds to win the NBA Championship at +2500.

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