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Luol Deng Gave Up 7.5 Million Dollars For Nothing


From the beginning, it was clear that the Lakers made a mistake in signing Luol Deng.

Mostly, it was the amount they agreed to pay him. $72 million over four years? Anybody could have told you that was a bad idea.

The Lakers ended up stuck in that contract, paying Deng millions to essentially sit on the bench and do nothing.

So when the veteran forward and Lakers’ GM Rob Pelinka met this year, it gave both sides a much-desired chance to move on.


For the Lakers, getting his money off the books was beneficial for a myriad of reasons.

But for Deng, it gave him the chance to play meaningful minutes on a team that would appreciate his talent. He sacrificed 7.5 million dollars to make it happen.

Sad thing is, the guy isn’t much better off.

In Minnesota, the team he went to following his buyout, Deng has played in just 2 of 17 games for a total of 19 minutes.

Under the leadership of Tom Thibodeau, most would’ve expected different.

Instead, Luol Deng gave up over 7 million dollars in his buyout with the Lakers to do the same exact thing in Minnesota.