NBA Star Luol Deng left Lakers for new team
South Sudanese NBA forward, Luol Deng has left Los Angeles Laker and has signed with the Minnesota Timberwolves on a one-year deal.
His one-year deal with Minnesota is reportedly worth $2.4 million.
Deng appeared in 56 games during his first season with the Lakers, but he played just one game last season with Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka in charge of the Lakers’ front office.
Although the 14-year NBA veteran was the Lakers’ highest-paid player last season, he essentially wasn’t part of the team. He appeared in the season opener before dropping out of the rotation and eventually spending long stretches away from the Lakers.
The two-time All-Star felt he didn’t fit well into coach Luke Walton’s up-tempo system, and he apparently declined to rejoin the rotation when the Lakers were slowed by injuries.
The 33-year-old forward has experience with Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, who coached Deng in Chicago from 2010-13. Wojnarowski has more on Thibodeau’s pitch to Deng.