Los Angeles Lakers and Luol Deng Finally Split Ways, Reach Buyout
After being lost in the shuffle in Los Angeles, the aging two-way star Luol Deng has been all but forgotten.
Well, at long last, Deng’s issues with the Lakers have finally been resolved. On Saturday, the Lakers and the veteran forward reached a buyout. Expected to have $25-million in salary cap space for the 2019-20 season, the projection now soars into the $38-million range, allowing the Lakers the power to add another max-contract player next offseason.
“We want to thank Luol for his time with the Lakers,” general manager Rob Pelinka said in a statement. “We made this move to further our future salary cap and roster flexibility, as we continue to build this Lakers team according to our current overall vision.”
Deng, who had another two years remaining on a four-year, $72-million deal will now have a chance to move on in search of actual playing time, and it seems like his old head coach Tom Thibodeau and the Minnesota Timberwolves are interested.
Deng only played in the season opener for the Lakers this past season, after which he was consequently benched for the remainder of the year. The 33-year old former All-Star has averaged 15.0-points and 6.1-rebound per game across his 14-year career.