The Los Angeles Lakers have reportedly given up on trying to trade away F Luol Deng. Deng signed a 4 year, $72 million contract with the Lakers during the 2016 off-season. At the time of signing this contract, Deng was coming off a strong season with the Miami Heat where he averaged 12.3 points and 6 rebounds.
However, Deng has failed to live up to the contract he has signed. Last season, Deng averaged a career-low 7.6 and this season, Deng has only played in 1 game, putting up a single basket.
For the Lakers, this is a concern. It is no secret that the Lakers are going to heavily pursue big names in the off-season, they require all the cap-space that they can have. With Deng set to make 18 million next year, the Lakers see Deng’s contract as a serious burden.
The Lakers have reportedly shown great interest in Lebron James and Paul George, with the latter showing mutual interest. Other big names in free agency include Demarcus Cousins, Avery Bradley and Isaiah Thomas