Deng and the Los Angeles Lakers reached a buyout agreement Saturday morning. Some thought the deal was a bit overblown and it didn't take long while for the Lakers to move Deng from its playing rotation to clear room for more playing time for the team's developing young stars. To make matters worse, the Lakers couldn't find a trade partner because no one wanted his contract. ESPN reports the two parties agreed to a buyout. The news of the buyout came from Shams Charania of The Athletic.
Deng, born in what is now South Sudan, looks to continue his career for what would be a 15th National Basketball Association campaign after more than nine seasons in Chicago and stints in Cleveland, Miami as well as with the Lakers.
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Los Angeles was projecting to have $25 million in salary-cap space for next season. With the Lakers only having JaVale McGee, Ivica Zubac and Moritz Wagner, LeBron James is expected to play center in certain situations. He played just 13 total minutes last season. The two-time All-Star will enter free agency and command interest from several contenders, according to ESPN reporter Chris Haynes.
As Deng's role quickly diminished in his first season, all the attention was naturally on his four-year, $72 million deal.