Luol Deng did not play against the Nuggets and it is unclear when he will play next.
Lakers say Deng's X-ray was clean but he's out indefinitely, which doesn't mean a long time but an unknown period
— Eric Pincus (@EricPincus) January 18, 2017
The injury is said to be a sprained right wrist, not nearly as bad as it could have been.
Luol Deng is OUT tonight. Lakers say sprained right wrist.
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) January 18, 2017
While Deng has picked up his play recently, he has been bad this year, making this not a huge blow. Deng was signed for his mentorship, which he bring off the bench. In fact Brandon Ingram can use the extra minutes and starts. We also may see D’Angelo Russell at the 2-guard with Nick Young sliding up to small forward and Jose Calderon or Marcelo Huertas getting playing time at the point.
There are few problems with Deng being out though. The Lakers lose one of there better defenders, and they already are terrible on that end of the floor. With Larry Nance Jr also out the Lakers lose out on even more depth at the power forward spot. That likely means Thomas Robinson will get more playtime. The Lakers also lose out on a 3-point threat, as Deng has shot nearly 39% from deep over the last 5 games, and for a bigger sample size Deng has shot 37% from 3 point territory over the last 20 games. He also has been a decent rebounder, averaging almost 6 per game this year. But the worst part about Deng being out is clear. It is almost unspeakably horrible. Truly tragic. Metta World Peace may get playing time as he is only wing besides Nick Young and Brandon Ingram. Like I said….absolutely horrible.
As for his return, Deng has no timetable. Being out indefinitely is often thought as a long period of time, but in reality, it just means the team does not know how long he will be out. It could be just against the Nuggets or the rest of the season. (Both are unlikely.) Chances are he will be out on Friday.
Luol Deng (sprained wrist) is currently questionable for Friday's game.
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) January 18, 2017
But since it is only Wednesday a lot can change.