There’s good news already surfacing in relation to the Los Angeles Lakers‘ future. The team will reportedly pursue Luol Deng via free agency this offseason. After a pretty boring trade deadline, the Lakers are developing a plan for the future as we speak. This plan must have certainly taken some time to make up as Los Angeles needs a complete remodeling, currently in their worst season in team history.
Deng will be an unrestricted free agent, meaning that he can sign with any team he desires without any interference from the Cleveland Cavaliers. The feeling around the NBA is that Deng is almost definitely leaving after the team traded for him just a few weeks ago. Who can blame him as the Cavs are possibly the most disastrous team in the league with absolutely no direction of where they are headed.
Furthermore, Deng is a perfect fit for the Lakers moving forward. He most likely will not demand too lucrative of a contract, but he can also produce on both ends of the floor. Deng brings hustle, defense and durability. The key here though is the defense. Los Angeles’ defense this season has been flat out embarrassing as the team can stop nobody, especially on the inside. Deng led the league in minutes per game last season, so he has proven he has no problem whatsoever with playing as long as the team needs him. Additionally, he can defend at just about every position except maybe center. Having a defensive staple like Deng is a must for any team looking to contend. His game can be sort of compared to a player like Andre Iguodala; he doesn’t need to score but can when he has to.
Without a doubt, this type of acquisition would be a home run for the Lakers. It will not put them into contention immediately, but rebuilding takes a little bit of time. Deng can be an extremely valuable piece to the championship puzzle in the future.
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