Luol Deng Rumors

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Luol Deng
Position: F
Born: 04/16/85
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:220 lbs. / 99.8 kg.
Salary: $17,190,000
As ESPN.com’s Ramona Shelburne recently reported, Deng would welcome a move out of Los Angeles since he’s well outside of head coach Luke Walton’s rotation. If up to 10 franchises have the cap space necessary to take on Deng’s contract, what kind of price would the Lakers have to pay to make a deal? “I would say a [first-round pick] with a good chance to convey in the lottery,” said an executive with another franchise. “I would say that’s in addition to Julius Randle unless the protections were very favorable to the receiving team.”
Given the value of money, why would Deng be willing to defer his earnings over six additional seasons? To entice Deng, the Lakers probably have to offer a partial guarantee over the extension to make it worth his while. “If Deng takes a buyout from the Lakers, his income tax burden will be dependent on his state of residence,” sports accountant Robert Raiola of PKF O’Connor Davies said. “It’s not easy to predict his take-home pay after taxes, especially with proposed tax-code changes by President Trump.”
Storyline: Luol Deng Buyout?
The Lakers signed Luol Deng (four years, $72 million) and Timofey Mozgov (four years, $64 million) last summer to contracts that have become significant impediments to Los Angeles’ ability to upgrade its roster. The Lakers had to include D’Angelo Russell to dump Mozgov, and now they’re trying to unload Deng – which will also surely require massive sweeteners. What were they thinking?

Storyline: Lakers Front Office

No trade market for Luol Deng?

Luol Deng wants out of Los Angeles, but the Lakers are unlikely to offer a buyout and a team source described the trade market for Deng as “non-existent currently.” One year after signing a four-year, $72 million contract to join the Lakers, the veteran forward told ESPN that he and his agent have discussed a buyout with the Lakers, as well as trade
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It is a vastly different role than the one he said he envisioned coming into his 14th NBA season, and an even bigger departure from what he anticipated when he originally signed with the Lakers in 2016. “I knew we were going to develop,” Deng said, “but one thing that I knew for sure was I was going to be part of it. And it wasn’t (just) ‘part of it’ by talking. 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.”
A buyout is only likely if Deng is willing to renegotiate his contract for less than the $18 million per year he is owed through 2020. “I’m not going to sit here and say I want this and I want that,” Deng said. “That’s nobody’s business. I think for me just what’s the best thing that’s going happen for both sides, whether it’s a trade that’s going to happen, we’ll see. “If it’s a buyout then that’s what it is. I’m not here to say I favor this and I favor that.”