Report: Luol Deng finalizing 1-year, $2.4 million deal with Timberwolves
The Minnesota Timberwolves are expected to finalize a one-year deal with free agent forward Luol Deng after meeting with president and head coach Tom Thibodeau, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, terms reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Deng would be the fourth member of the 2013-14 Chicago Bulls roster coached by Thibodeau, falling a Joakim Noah shy of a starting five. With Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson, and Derrick Rose already on the roster, Thibodeau will have plenty of familiar faces in his team heading into the 2018-19 season — one which still presents plenty of doubts with a franchise player still to sign an extension in Karl-Anthony Towns.
The former four reportedly played a part in recruiting the Sudanese international, who will finalize his physical before letting the ink dry on his new contract.
The 32-year-old Deng played a mere 13 minutes during last season, all in the season-opener — seeing the bench from then forward. His tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers was short-lived, but the Timberwolves came calling as soon as he agreed to a buyout with the team — making it his preferred destination, despite some interest from around the league.
Deng is only two years removed from a successful season with the Miami Heat, posting 12.3 points and six rebounds per game during the 2015-16 season before inking a four-year, $72 million deal with the Lakers in the summer of 2016.