The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Wednesday that Luol Deng has undergone surgery to repair an injured right pectoral muscle. The team expects Deng to make a full recovery by the start of training camp.
This is the latest in a long line of injuries for the small forward. Deng, entering the second season of a four-year deal, has dealt with numerous injuries over the past few years, limiting his success in his last couple of stops.
Deng noticeably struggled in his first year with the Lakers, averaging career-lows in points and assists while shooting an abysmal 38.7 percent from the field, including 31.1 percent from three.
The injury appears to be a new one caused by lifting weights recently, as reported by Tania Ganguli of the LA Times. She also reports that the procedure was a simple one, meaning there likely won’t be any lingering symptoms late in the summer and hopefully will not bother Deng for long as he looks to regain his form.
Regardless, the focus should now only be on Deng’s health as he hopes to make a full recovery in time to contend for a spot in the Lakers’ rotation and perhaps as a starter once the new season arrives.