It’s hard to imagine somebody who had a better 2017-2018 season than Luol Deng. He was paid seventeen million, one-hundred and ninety thousand dollars to play one game, score two points, and have one assist. Now, I was going to do a breakdown of how much the Lakers paid him per point, rebound, steal, assist, block, etc. But that’s it, and it becomes very simple math that our readers can do on their own (unless they had their SATs taken for them at Memphis). Luol Deng did next to nothing and was paid massive amounts of money to sit on the bench, or go on vacation, or just sit at home.
He did score two points though, and thanks to YouTube channel Das Prod (who made a 2017-2018 highlights video for Luol Deng that is 45 seconds long), I was able to GIF the shot that the Lakers paid 17 million dollars for.
It’s not a bad play, really. Good transition offense involving our young phenom point guard Lonzo Ball, and a decent finish over the other rookie point guard in LA, Miloš Teodosić.
Unfortunately, the Lakers lost this game by 16 points, and Deng never saw the court again. It’s not even that Deng is a bad player; he could be a serviceable role player under the right system. It’s the fact that he was overpaid by the former front office regime, and now Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka have to come in and clean up the mess that was made of our cap space.
Ultimately, Deng’s future with the Lakers is uncertain. It’s unlikely that they will be able to find a trade partner for his contract, and if they do, it will come at a steep cost of the young core or other future assets. However, I think all Lakers fans should wish Luol Deng the best of luck for his future in the league. After all, it isn’t Deng’s fault that he was offered a four year, 72 million dollar contract. And who in their right mind would turn down that kind of money?