Luol Deng
F LAL
4 weeks ago

Lakers head coach Luke Walton said Sunday that Deng will be a fixture on the inactive list this season, Bill Oram of The Orange County Register reports. "As of now, [Deng's] not in the rotation as far as consistently penciled in without something happening," Walton said.

EDGE Analysis

Deng logged 13 minutes in the season opener as a replacement starter for the suspended Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, but the veteran forward has failed to get off the bench the last two games. That was often the case in the second half of the 2016-17 campaign when Walton cleared the way for the team's younger players to pick up minutes, and it appears Deng will continue to remain marginalized while Brandon Ingram, Larry Nance, Julius Randle and Kyle Kuzma see the bulk of the run at either forward spot. With Deng barely into the second year of the four-year, $72 million pact he signed last July, the Lakers probably won't be able to find a trading partner willing to pick up the remainder of his massive contract.

Luol Deng
F LAL
1 month ago

Deng will come off the bench for Friday's game against the Suns, Craig Grialou of ArizonaSports.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Deng will be replaced by Corey Brewer at small forward after an uninspiring start in Thursday's season opening loss to the Clippers. The veteran recorded two points, one assists, and one steal across 13 minutes in the loss, and will presumably see a play a lesser role off the bench Friday.

Luol Deng
F LAL
1 month ago

Deng is starting at small forward in Thursday's game against the Clippers, Mike Bresnahan of Spectrum SportsNet reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Lakers will open the 2017-18 campaign with Brandon Ingram shifted to the shooting guard role and Deng holding down the small forward spot while Kentavious Caldwell-Pope serves his suspension. The veteran forward averaged just 7.3 points per game last season on a career-worst 38.7 percent shooting mark. Barring an sizable uptick in performance, the 32-year-old will be difficult to trust in daily and season-long fantasy settings.

Luol Deng
F LAL
1 month ago

Deng posted four points (2-4 FG, 0-1 3Pt), one rebound and two assists across 17 minutes in Wednesday's 122-104 preseason loss to the Nuggets.

EDGE Analysis

With Brandon Ingram (head) sitting, Deng drew the start but couldn't do much with the opportunity. The veteran forward had been much more effective in his preseason debut Monday while coming off the bench (nine points, six rebounds, one assist in 10 minutes), which is the role he's slated for in the coming season. Deng is competing with fellow veteran Corey Brewer for the top backup job behind Ingram, but both players could see a decent share of playing time if they're able to latch on to a roster spot.

Luol Deng
F LAL
1 month ago

Deng is starting at small forward Wednesday against the Nuggets, Mike Trudell of Lakers.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Deng will get the start with Brandon Ingram unavailable due to a head contusion. He totaled nine points, six rebounds and an assist in 10 minutes during Monday's preseason game and should be in line for some increased playing time Wednesday with Ingram out.

Luol Deng
F LAL
2 months ago

Deng (hip) totaled nine points (4-9 FG, 1-1 3Pt, 0-2 FT), six rebounds and an assist across 10 minutes in Monday's 113-107 preseason loss to the Nuggets.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran was making his exhibition debut after sitting out Saturday's opener and drew even with his primary competition for the backup small forward role, Corey Brewer, in scoring on the night. Deng saw downturns across the board last season, particularly in his offensive numbers, as he posted career lows in scoring percentage (38.7) and points (7.6) over 56 games. However, he may find the second-unit role he's slated for this coming season much more conducive to his aging body, although it remains to be seen how minutes between he and Brewer behind Brandon Ingram might be divided, irrespective of who prevails in their preseason job battle.

Luol Deng
F LAL
2 months ago

Deng (hip) will be available for Monday's preseason game against the Nuggets, Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Deng was held out of Saturday's preseason opener with hip flexor tightness, but as expected, it was nothing overly serious. He'll be good to go ahead of Monday's contest, but it wouldn't be surprising if his minutes were fairly limited, especially considering the the young talent surrounding him that could use extended playing time to get ready for the regular season.

Luol Deng
F LAL
2 months ago

Deng will not play in Saturday's preseason tilt against the Timberwolves due to hip flexor tightness.

EDGE Analysis

Deng underwent surgery for a torn pectoral muscle in May, but it appears a different issue will hold him out of the team's early preseason action. With the team missing a number of regulars Saturday, backups could see a considerable amount of action.

Luol Deng
F LAL
7 months ago

Deng underwent surgery on his right pectoral muscle on Wednesday, Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Lakers expect the veteran forward to make a full recovery by the start of training camp. Tania Ganguli of the Los Angeles Times reports Deng's surgery was needed due to an incident weightlifting recently. He signed a four-year, $72 million contract with the Lakers prior to the 2016-17 season, but ultimately underwhelmed in his on-court production. The Lakers opted to shut the Duke product down in mid-march in order to get younger talent playing time, as the team was out of the playoff picture. Given his contract, Deng figures to be a regular in the rotation next season, barring any setbacks with this current injury.

Luol Deng
F LAL
8 months ago

Deng met with coach Luke Walton last week and indicated he would be comfortable sitting out the rest of the season, ESPN.com's Ramona Shelburne reports.

EDGE Analysis

Both Deng and Timofey Mozgov, who were signed to contracts this summer worth a combined $136 million over four years, will both be shut down in an effort for the Lakers to find more playing time for their younger players over the final 15 games of the season. The report doesn't come as much of a surprise, considering that Deng hasn't seen the court in any of the past seven games with Walton leaning on Brandon Ingram and Larry Nance as his primary small forwards. While Deng's hefty contract will likely keep him in the rotation at the start of next season, he won't stand to see much of an upgrade in fantasy value, as Ingram and Nance's roles are only likely to grow, not diminish. Assuming Walton sticks to his plan to make Deng inactive the rest of the way, the veteran will finish his first season with the Lakers with averages of 7.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 26.5 minutes per game over 56 appearances.