Rui Hachimura will be absent from Japan’s lineup at the FIBA World Cup


Rui Hachimura has chosen not to participate in this year’s FIBA World Cup and will not play for Japan. Hachimura is concentrating on getting ready for the upcoming NBA season and his debut free agency period in July. Hachimura’s free agency this summer will be with the Los Angeles Lakers, but he will be restricted.
The Lakers obtained Hachimura from the Washington Wizards just before last season’s trade deadline. In 33 games during the regular season for Los Angeles, Hachimura had an average of 9.6 points and 4.7 rebounds while playing 22.4 minutes per game. During the playoffs, Hachimura had an average of 12.2 points per game with shooting splits of 56% from the field, 49% from three-point range, and 88% from the free-throw line.
The Lakers have been repeatedly rumored to have interest in keeping Hachimura. Los Angeles, as a restricted free agent, has the ability to match any offer Hachimura receives from another team.