Luol Deng has appeared in one game for the Los Angeles Lakers so far this season, and it’s safe to say that’s not what he envisioned when he signed a four-year, $72 million deal with the Purple and Gold in July 2016.
“I really was really excited about the opportunity that I was given financially and also looking forward to playing for an organization like the Lakers,” Deng said Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Tania Ganguli.
“I just know that for me, I never really [took] the contract and said I just want to shut it down, I just don’t want to do anything.”
Deng added he has no regrets over inking the lucrative deal because his intention was to join the club as a key contributor.
“What I was told, and what I wanted to be, was to play and help on and off the court, not just off the court,” he said.
Julius Randle will be a restricted free agent with a $12,447,727 cap hold.
Adrian Wojnarowski on ESPN:
One player whose future is very unlikely to continue with the Lakers is Julius Randle.
Randle is arguably the Lakers’ best player right now, and he’s just 22. He shouldn’t be hastily cast aside.
Still, when the prize could be LeBron and George, renouncing Randle would be a small price to pay. That’s the simplest route to clearing major cap space.
Here are Julius Randle’s season stats per 36 minutes: 60% from the field, 12.2 rebounds and 21.4 points per game. Julius Randle could be a total monster in the NBA but for whatever reason the Los Angeles Lakers refuse to let him play because Kyle Kuzma is selling more jerseys right now and can stretch the floor.
For whatever reason, old school power forwards are getting no love in the NBA in 2017 because they can’t shoot 3’s. My man can drop 20 and 12 a night if given the opportunity but he’s not best friends with Lonzo Ball so he’s on the outside looking in.
Why is Corey Brewer playing more minutes than Luol Deng? Not saying that Luol is a beast but I guess what I’m saying is that Corey Brewer is trash and if you’re trying to trade Deng and get rid of his ridiculous salary then maybe get him on the court so that other teams can see that he still has juice in the tank.
Actually, the entire purpose of me writing this article is to say that Corey Brewer stinks. Also, a quick reminder that Lonzo Ball is shooting less than 30% from the field and 55% from the free throw line. Yup, LeBron James reallyyy wants to come join with these scrubs.
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