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

Lakers Waive Luol Deng

In order to get off the Los Angeles Lakers roster and, hopefully, back onto the basketball court, Luol Deng gave up nearly $7.5 million when he agreed with the Los Angeles Lakers stretching his contract on the buyout. Lakers coach Luke Walton's system didn't fit Deng's playing style, one that flourished under more structured game plans.

It led to plenty of justified griping from Deng, who wanted the chance to play somewhere but understood that place wasn't going to be Los Angeles. To that end, Chris Haynes of ESPN reported several contenders are expected to have interest. The news of the buyout came from Shams Charania of The Athletic. That number will increase to the $36-38 million range once the Deng buyout is completed, giving the Lakers room for another max-contract player next summer.

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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.

The Lakers can now offer a free-agent star a maximum contract in July to partner with LeBron James. He played just 13 total minutes last season.

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