Lakers Sign Luol Deng

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JULY 7th, 7:20pm: The signing is official, the Lakers announced.

JULY 2nd, 8:10am: The Lakers continue to add veterans to their roster, with the latest addition set to be small forward Luol Deng, who has agreed to a deal with the team, Shams Charania of The Vertical reports (via Twitter). It will be a four-year, $72MM pact for the 12-year veteran, Charania relays. Landing an annual salary of $18MM is certainly a significant improvement over the $12MM projection for Deng’s next deal that was bandied about in May.

Deng was reportedly in high-demand around the league, with the Timberwolves, Celtics, Heat, Wizards, Clippers and Jazz all said to have interest in the veteran two-way forward. Utah was expected to be “very aggressive” in its pursuit of Deng, according to a report by Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical, but the Jazz missed out on the veteran, who likely saw the opportunity to start in Los Angeles as the more preferable situation to a reserve role in Utah.

The 31-year-old has been a consistent contributor throughout his tenure in the league. Deng made 74 appearances for Miami this past season and averaged 12.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 32.4 minutes per outing. His shooting numbers on the year were .455/.344/.755. Deng is a hustle player who plays solid defense and his veteran presence should be a welcome addition to the young Lakers locker room, especially given the reported discord of last season resulting from the D’Angelo Russell/Nick Young video incident.

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padam
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padam
2 months 25 days ago

I wonder if Walton is starting to question the decision he made.

bigjonliljon
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bigjonliljon
2 months 24 days ago

Awful signing

CursedRangers
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CursedRangers
2 months 24 days ago

I second that

JT19
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JT19
2 months 24 days ago

Based on what? He’s one of the better two way players in the league.

Blake
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Blake
2 months 25 days ago

Its Walton making the decisions bro

aarongill
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aarongill
2 months 25 days ago

I like him and that he’s a vet and good defender but I wanted a short term deal.

Curtis Smith
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Curtis Smith
2 months 24 days ago

4yrs seems to be the going rate this off season. Doubt we could have gotten him for less years.

bigjonliljon
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bigjonliljon
2 months 24 days ago

You’ve obviously never watched him play. Awful defender. When he played for the Bulls a couple years ago, they benched him in the majority of the 4th quarters due to defensive liability

JT19
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JT19
2 months 24 days ago

Obviously you’ve never watched him play because he was one of the best defenders with the Bulls and is still one of the better defenders out there. Are you perhaps thinking of Carlos Boozer?

Var25
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Var25
2 months 24 days ago

Wait what?!?! are you serious?? Deng is one the best SF defenders in the league…why do you think he averaged almost 40 mins?? i don’t think you’ve never watched him play hahahaha

formerlyz
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formerlyz
2 months 24 days ago

learn2basketball

Johnny Arroyo
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Johnny Arroyo
2 months 24 days ago

Solid move! Deng brings a lot to team. Versatility. Defense. Experience. I like it!

Danthemilwfan
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Danthemilwfan
2 months 24 days ago

This team all has to do with the rookie. If he’s as good as he looks the lakers could contend in the next few years but if he is just average they will suck for years to come

Scott
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Scott
2 months 24 days ago

The Lakers are not contending for anything other than the #1 pick the next year or 2.

Thronson5
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Thronson5
2 months 24 days ago

I love it. He can still play and he’s a good veteran presence for the young guys. He can help Ingram develop a lot. People need to realize by time this is in year 3 of the deal this contract won’t be as big the way salary cap will continue to raise. The money means nothing. It’s a solid deal.

JT19
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JT19
2 months 24 days ago

This is a solid signing. He should be starting from Day 1 and will be able to help Ingram develop. The term (4th year) and money ($18 per) seems like a bit much, but it is necessary at this point for the Lakers. They could have done a lot worse with that amount. Worst case scenario is that he becomes an expensive leadership option done the road but the next 2-3 years he should be able to be a solid contributor who they might be able to flip by the 3rd year.

Garett
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Garett
2 months 24 days ago

Sixers gotta like this signing. Improves lakers enough that they’ll definitely get their pick next year.

Marty Susman
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Marty Susman
2 months 24 days ago

Really, 80,000,000 for a 30 v year old plus guy, thats a sad joke on reality….

reneaguerra
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reneaguerra
2 months 24 days ago

Mike Conley.. Mike F’ing Conley!! just got the biggest contract in NBA history, so 80 million for 4 years is nothing.

Gravity Hill
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Gravity Hill
2 months 24 days ago

When Kent Bazemore is getting $70 million, the league has gone mad. He was a towel waver for Golden State just a few years ago.

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