Not so long ago, Luol Deng was considered to be one of the most reliable scorers in the game, as well as a great wing stopper than even though wasn’t a top-tier talent, every team would love to have on their ranks.
But, ever since being dealt away by the Chicago Bulls, the veteran’s career took a major downfall and even though he was still pretty capable of balling and producing, he wasn’t a part of the Lakers’ plans, as the team was keen to get younger.
He got 18 million dollars the prior campaign just to watch games from the sidelines, and everybody thought he was pretty much done after neither party wanted to discuss a buyout at the moment.
But, now that he has finally been bought out, he’s expressed his desire to play and prove that he still has what it takes to be an important factor. Today, we’ll let you know about the top 5 destinations for the 33-year-old.
5. Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder are looking like a much-improved team this season after landing Dennis Schroder and Nerlens Noel while keeping Paul George and parting ways with Carmelo Anthony, and they could definitely use the depth at the small forward spot.
Deng wouldn’t have to play many minutes here but would be a very nice backup for Paul George due to his 3 and D expertise, although he must be kind of slow and rusty at this point of his career.
4. Boston Celtics
The Boston Celtics are the most stacked team in the world besides the Golden State Warriors right now, and they have the kind of depth combining youth and veterans to completely dominate the East.
Deng would have an easy role as the team’s backup small forward, improving an already scary team that features a very long rotation. Also, his skill set is perfectly suited for Stevens’ team defense.
3. Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets took a couple of huge blows by letting Trevor Ariza and Luc Richard Mbah A Moute walk away, so adding another small forward that can play lockdown D on the wing should be a priority.
Deng’s three-point shooting abilities would be great for Mike D’Antoni’s fast-paced and vastly spaced offense, not to mention he wouldn’t have to carry much of the offensive load of the team with Harden, Paul and Anthony on board.
2. Golden State Warriors
Who wouldn’t love to play for the Golden State Warriors? They’re the most stacked team in the world and arguably the strongest dynasty ever (besides Bill Russell’s Celtics, naturally), especially now that they’ve added DeMarcus Cousins to the mix.
Joining the Warriors would be an easy way to winning an NBA Championship before retiring while also sticking it to the Los Angeles Lakers, the team that’s supposed to fight them in the West this year.
1. Minnesota Timberwolves
And naturally, the Minnesota Timberwolves would be a prime destination for Luol Deng, as he’d join forces with Tom Thibodeau, whom he thrived with during his long and successful Chicago Bulls tenure.
The Timberwolves lack true depth at the small forward spot, especially as Nemanja Bjelica walked away during this offseason, and if Jimmy Butler winds up being traded, he could even step up as a starter.