After grabbing their first player shortly after the NBA free agency period began, the Los Angeles Lakers have now reached an agreement to sign Luol Deng to a four year $72 million dollar deal.
Free agent Luol Deng has reached agreement on a four-year, $72 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources tell The Vertical.
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The Lakers were in search for a veteran swing-man, and landed at Deng once it was clear they’d struck out on a few high profile forwards on the market.
Deng, who averaged 12.3 points, 1.9 assists, and 6.0 rebounds per game finished off a strong end of season with the Miami Heat putting up 15/2/8 post all star break, as he found himself becoming more comfortable in the Heat offense.
Pat Riley referred to Deng as a high character guy who is a leader, and he proved that he can play in an up tempo offense as he helped lead the Heat to second round post season run.
At 31 years old, Deng can defend multiple positions, and has been able to transition to playing power forward if the team decides to go small. He is a career .334 percent three-point shooter, but his strengths lie in driving and cutting to the bask, mixed in with mid range jump shots.
Deng’s new salary leaves the Lakers with about $27 million dollars available to flesh out the rest of the team, with Deng having the highest salary at $16 million this season.
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