He struggled and seemed invisible at times during the regular season, but he had a number of big games during the playoffs to help the Lakers reach the Western Conference finals. After averaging 9.6 points a game in the regular season, he contributed 12.2 points per contest in the playoffs while making 55.7% of his shots and shooting an unreal 48.7% from 3-point range on 2.4 attempts a game.
He will be a restricted free agent this summer, which means L.A. will be allowed to match an offer made by another team. However, doing so could cost it a small fortune, according to Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports (h/t Silver Screen and Roll).
Via Yahoo Sports:
“During extension conversations with the Wizards, sources said, Washington began the negotiations offering Hachimura around $12 million per season, and eventually moved into the $13 million-14 million range. Meanwhile, Hachimura’s side preferred something closer to a four-year, $60 million structure. He seemed destined for that number toward the end of the regular season. Los Angeles doesn’t surrender three second-round picks for Hachimura at the deadline without a rough understanding of his salary wishes. Following a strong playoffs, where the 24-year-old forward played critical closing minutes and started the Lakers’ final outing, that $15 million in average annual value seems like the floor for Hachimura. Josh Hart’s extension talks with New York are expected to approach $18 million annually, sources told Yahoo Sports, and the NBA free-agent marketplace tends to be a comparative economy.”
Keeping Hachimura, as well as their other key players who will be free agents, is reportedly a high priority for the Lakers. But there is always the chance they instead go after a big name such as Kyrie Irving.