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Hachimura uncertain on Wizards future despite 30-point haul against Magic

By Sports Desk January 22, 2023

Rui Hachimura put in a strong showing for the Washington Wizards on Saturday, but is unsure how much longer he will be at the franchise.

The Japanese forward scored 30 points against the Orlando Magic, the joint-best effort of his career, and claimed five rebounds as the Wizards won 138-118 at Capital One Arena.

Hachimura has been the subject of trade speculation and has made it clear he only wants to play for a team where he is wanted.

"I just want to be somewhere that wants me as a basketball player, and I want to be somewhere that likes my game," he said.

Asked if that place was Washington, he admitted: "I don't know. We've got to find out."

The 24-year-old joined the Wizards in 2019 as the ninth pick of the draft, but after a promising first two years, he has fallen out of favour.

Hachimura started just 13 games last season, and is yet to start this year, with his season average of 13.0 points per game matching his career average.

"I just got to play my game. I know what I can do, and I can help the team to win," he added. "It's either here or [another] team. I can help teams.

"I've just got to keep focus on the moment right now. I know all the stuff going on right now. I've just got to play the games and just to be myself."

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