No 'Immediate Plan' For Open Roster Spot After Luol Deng Buyout


On Saturday morning, The Athletic's Shams Charania reported that the Lakers and veteran forward Luol Deng are in the process of finalizing a buyout and that the team would use the waive-and-stretch provision. "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". The Lakers will also get significant extra cap space for next summer, via the waive-and-stretch provision.

Deng was owed $36.8 million over the next two seasons.

Deng's departure and contract stretch should sharply increase the Lakers' available cap room by roughly $12 million for next summer, when they hope to add a second superstar on a maximum contract to join LeBron James.

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Luol Deng #9 of the Los Angeles Lakers warms up before a preseason game against the Utah Jazz on October 10, 2017 at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California. He played just 13 total minutes last season. Lakers coach Luke Walton's system didn't fit Deng's playing style, one that flourished under more structured game plans.

He has career averages of 15.0 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.0 steals over 880 National Basketball Association games.