Luol Deng and the Los Angeles Lakers Reach Agreement on Buyout

Luol Deng

"We made this move to further our future salary cap and roster flexibility, as we continue to build this Lakers team according to our current overall vision". Lakers coach Luke Walton's system didn't fit Deng's playing style, one that flourished under more structured game plans.

Deng, 33, had two years left on a four-year, $72 million dollar deal inked during the summer of 2016.

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He was similarly defiant when asked if that would still apply if he failed to win the championship with United. It is always in the whole that you find the truth, ' Mourinho said.

Waiving Deng using the Collective Bargaining Agreement's stretch provision allows the team to spread his final season salary of $18,810,000 over three seasons, so the Lakers will have $6,270,000 in "dead money" on their books for 2019-20, 2020-21 and 2021-22. The Lakers gave up guard D'Angelo Russell in a trade with Brooklyn last summer because they could include Mozgov's contract. The Lakers requested waivers on the veteran forward, the team announced on Saturday. But for now, it's just good that Deng will get the chance to play basketball again, as he's so obviously been bummed out by the a year ago or so in Los Angeles. He appeared in the season opener before dropping out of the rotation and eventually spending long stretches away from the Lakers.

Deng will enter free agency. Stretching Deng will open up an additional $12.5 million in cap space.

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