The Lakers and Luol Deng have agreed to terms on a 4 year $72 million deal. This is the Lakers second agreement with Mozgov the first.
Free agent Luol Deng has reached agreement on a four-year, $72 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources tell The Vertical.
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Luol Deng is a career 33.4% 3-point shooter and is known for his tough defense. He averaged 12 points, 6 rebounds last year. Deng will also bring solid veteran leadership and can be a mentor for Brandon Ingram. Deng will be signed through the age of 34 and should provide quality minutes until then.
After last season, it was clear the Lakers needed a culture change. The Lakers have added high character veterans this summer to help the youth stay on track. Deng has been a Lakers target since Kobe demanded a trade in 2007 and now the Lakers have him in a perfect role.
I would expect Deng to start over Ingram to begin the season and slowly transition to the bench. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Ingram start from day 1 either, however. The Lakers have made two solid free agent signings and have improved both their team and the locker room culture. Their signings show they are committed to the youth movement and will do everything to but them in positions to succeed.
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