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Luol Deng | Forward | #9

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/16/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 220
College: Duke
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (7) / PHO
Contract: view contract details

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Luol Deng, Timofey Mozgov or Jordan Clarkson could be moved at some point this upcoming season in order to create room to sign Paul George as an unrestricted free agent in 2018.
Former Lakers' GM Mitch Kupchak awarded Deng and Mozgov with some atrocious contracts on his way out the door, and now Laker management will need to rectify that situation in order to be able to present George a competitive offer during free agency next summer. Deng is on the books for roughly $54 million through 2020, while Mozgov is owed around $48 million over the next three seasons, but maybe they'll be able to find a taker by including Jordan Clarkson as a part of the package. They could also make things work by letting Julius Randle go during free agency in 2018, but shedding Mozgov or Deng's contracts would make more sense from a competitive standpoint. Jun 18 - 3:56 PM

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Timofey Mozgov will come off the bench for Monday's game against the Knicks, with Tarik Black drawing the start.

Luke Walton said he talked to both Mitch Kupchak and Jim Buss about shifting Mozgov and Luol Deng to the second unit in order to prioritize the development of Brandon Ingram and Ivica Zubac, and they both got behind the decision. Mozgov looks like he might be the third-string center in Los Angeles now, so there's no reason to own him in any league.
Feb 6 - 6:03 PM

Brandon Ingram will reportedly move into the starting five for Monday's game against the Knicks.

It's currently unclear who he will be replacing, but the most likely go to go to the second unit would be Luol Deng. Ingram has been hit-or-miss this season, but with a favorable matchup in what should be an uptempo game against New York, he's someone to consider throwing out there as a low-budget option in daily leagues. Deng has been trending in the wrong direction for a while now, and his value will only get worse in a reserve role.
Feb 6 - 3:40 PM

Brandon Ingram failed to score in 19 minutes vs. Portland, going 0-of-5 from the field with four rebounds, two assists, one block and two turnovers.

Starting SF Luol Deng wasn't much better, scoring four points on 2-of-7 shooting, but that's small consolation for Ingram's owners. The rookie came in averaging 11.0 points on 42.7 percent shooting in January, a big step up from his numbers in November and December, but that's not saying much. He's worth stashing if you can afford to be patient.
Jan 26 - 1:40 AM

Brandon Ingram scored 15 points with seven rebounds, two assists, three steals and three 3-pointers in Friday's win over the Pacers.

Coach Luke Walton was impressed after the game and said Ingram is "progressing faster than a typical 19-year-old rookie." Ingram made another start in place of Luol Deng (wrist) tonight and hit 6-of-14 shots from the field in 33 minutes, so it looks like it's time to pick him up. Deng is likely day-to-day even though initial reports suggested he would be out a while, but Ingram should see plenty of minutes going forward no matter what.
Jan 21 - 2:07 AM

Brandon Ingram moved into the starting lineup on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets and stuffed the stat sheet with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes.

This was arguably one of his best games as a pro. Ingram finished 6-of-14 from the field and 1-of-2 from the line with zero turnovers. With Luol Deng (wrist) out indefinitely, Ingram is looking at 30+ minutes per night moving forward. We'd like to see him do it again because he was averaging 10.7 points, 3.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 0.7 blocks and 1.0 3-pointer in his previous nine January games, and there are a couple of better fantasy pickups around the league including Raymond Felton and Austin Rivers. If those guys are unavailable, give Ingram a look, but expect some bumps in the road.
Jan 18 - 1:16 AM

Brandon Ingram will start on Tuesday vs. the Nuggets.

Luol Deng (wrist) is considered out indefinitely, so the rookie is looking at a hefty workload going forward. As a starter this season, Ingram has posted averages of 9.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 0.6 blocks and 0.7 triples in 11 games. We'll let you know how he fares tonight.
Jan 17 - 10:12 PM

Nick Young bounced back on Thursday, hitting 6-of-8 shots and five 3-pointers for 17 points, two rebounds and a steal in 30 minutes.

Young hit just 2-of-8 shots for four points on Tuesday, so it was nice to see him come out to play tonight. Lou Williams and Luol Deng were the quiet Laker wings tonight, and it's going to be tough for Young, Williams, Deng, Jordan Clarkson and D'Angelo Russell to all have it going on the same night as long as they're all healthy.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 01:27:00 AM

Larry Nance Jr. is expected to miss approximately four weeks with a bone bruise in his left knee.

The good news is that tests were negative for any tears or serious structural damage. Luol Deng, Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle should all see more minutes with Nance out of commission for a month. He had been a sneaky late-round value even in limited minutes behind Randle this season, but the vast majority of owners should cut bait for a healthy free agent.
Sun, Dec 25, 2016 11:07:00 PM

Larry Nance (right knee contusion) is questionable to play Monday vs. the Jazz.

Nance missed Saturday's showdown in Memphis, which resulted in Julius Randle, Luol Deng and Brandon Ingram logging heavy minutes, and it'll be more of the same if Nance can't give it a go Monday night.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 02:43:00 PM

Brandon Ingram scored a career-high 16 points as a fill-in starter on Wednesday, making 6-of-12 FGs and 2-of-2 FTs with two 3-pointers, three rebounds and one assist.

Ingram slotted in at SF while Luol Deng shifted to PF in the absence of Julius Randle (hip). His natural scoring ability was on display tonight but there's no doubt it will take a while to realize Ingram's full potential -- he often looks hesitant on both ends, and he isn't strong enough to defend most starting SFs. He's best viewed as a post-All-Star-break pickup in standard leagues.
Thu, Nov 24, 2016 02:09:00 AM

Brandon Ingram (ankle) came off the bench on Sunday with 10 points, one 3-pointer, one rebound, one assist, one steal and one block in 27 minutes.

Ingram has been part of a highly effective second unit that came in averaging a league-high 51.2 points per game. The Lakers continue to develop him slowly behind starting SF Luol Deng, however, so he's little more than a stash option in most leagues.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016 10:02:00 PM

Nick Young started at SF on Sunday and had 14 points, four boards, two steals and one assist in 32 minutes, making 5-of-8 shots with two 3-pointers.

Luol Deng (knee) was held out and Brandon Ingram is being slowly developed as a reserve, at least for now, so Young was tapped to be the stand-in starter. He may have escaped Bryon Scott's doghouse, due to L.A.'s coaching change, but he can't escape the boundaries of a rotation that includes Lou Williams, Jordan Clarkson, Brandon Ingram and Luol Deng.
Mon, Oct 10, 2016 12:50:00 AM

Luke Walton cited an 82-game schedule and the need to adapt to the "physical abuse of an NBA season" as reasons for bringing Brandon Ingram off the bench to begin his rookie year.

"No player has ever been through that until you get to the NBA," Walton said. "It’s exhausting until your body gets used to it and adjusts to it. It takes time. The biggest challenge for him will be figuring out the best way to manage that, still train and take care of himself. The on-court stuff and his play will be just fine. It’ll be the challenge of the 82 game season he might struggle with." At least to begin the year, Ingram will open as the primary reserve at small forward behind Luol Deng, though it's worth noting that Walton has toyed with the idea of deploying both players together in a small-ball lineup. That's a storyline to watch for in training camp as it would impact a multitude of players, including Julius Randle and Larry Nance. "He’s [Ingram] been very impressive in everything he’s done," Walton said. "I’m sure he’ll earn those minutes and that [starting] position sooner rather than later."
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 03:47:00 PM

Lakers coach Luke Walton said the team is "absolutely thrilled" with the development of Brandon Ingram.

Ingram, who just turned 19, is beginning to turn heads among Lakers staffers. Walton added that the rookie's development is happening quicker than he expected, and the first-year head coach also said that he's pleased with how Ingram is adjusting to the "physicality" of the NBA game. It won't be surprising when Ingram pushes for more minutes sooner rather than later, and if you're looking for upside—particularly for the second half of the season—he's one of the best late-round fliers you can take on draft day.
Sat, Sep 3, 2016 02:49:00 PM

Coach Luke Walton said he hasn't decided on keeping Brandon Ingram on the bench yet.

The No. 2 pick of the 2016 draft is fully expected to come off the bench. The Lakers are very unlikely to compete for the playoffs and Luol Deng isn't very durable these days, so we should see Ingram in the starting lineup at some point this season. The 6'9" forward was very much an outside presence at Duke with just 24.6 percent of his shot total coming at the rim and a whopping 40.3 percent of his total from deep. He's a very interesting stash late in drafts.
Wed, Aug 31, 2016 03:34:00 PM

Kobe Bryant envisions Brandon Ingram developing into a solid two-way player.

"I think he plays with great tempo, great pace," Bryant said. "I like his length. His ball-handling ability is very good. He can get to spots on the floor. I think defensively he has the potential to be fantastic as well." Bryant added that he's let all the guys on the Lakers roster know he's around if they'd like to pick his brain, or get in some early-morning workouts with the Laker legend. Ingram has a ton of potential, but the presence of Luol Deng could stunt his development.
Source: Fox Sports
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Brandon Ingram tries to eat six times a day as part of his regimen to bulk up his 190-pound frame.

"It gets sickening," Ingram said about his ceaseless meal routine. "But I just try to stick to it." He's listed said he hopes to reach 210 by the time the Lakers open their regular season, and his weight gains (or lack thereof) will be an ongoing topic throughout the preseason. No matter how much he weighs on opening night, he'll face a stiff test for playing time with Luol Deng in L.A.
Wed, Aug 3, 2016 07:38:00 PM

Justise Winslow said that things are beginning to get "easier" for him.

"I’ve had a lot of looks that I liked, a lot of shots that went in and out or whatever, but at this point, a lot of things are becoming easier for me," he said. "I know it’s summer league, but the game seems to be coming a lot easier to me. A lot of that is having a year under my belt, and I’ve gotten a lot better this summer." Winslow has been working with a private shooting coach and team staff in order to improve his 3-point prowess in addition to working on the way he grips the ball, his shoulders and his footwork. With Luol Deng now in Los Angeles, Winslow is projected to be the starting small forward in Miami.
Wed, Jul 6, 2016 01:13:00 PM

Brandon Ingram is embracing the pressure that's been put on him since being drafted by the Lakers.

"I saw where my locker was, and I definitely knew it was Kobe's locker," Ingram said. "I know [general manager] Mitch [Kupchak] told me I had some big shoes to fill when I came in here, but I liked it. I like the pressure that's on me right now. It's going to motivate me to do good things on the court. It's all good pressure for me." Ingram added that he plans to "pick" Luol Deng's brain "on different things," and the rookie said all the right things about his role—he doesn't care whether he starts or comes off the bench—in his inaugural season. His fantasy outlook will be dependent on his playing time and whether or not he's with the first or second unit, among other things.
Source: ESPN
Wed, Jul 6, 2016 10:04:00 AM

"It will be a surprise" if Nick Young begins the 2016-17 season with the Lakers, according to TWC insider Mike Bresnahan.

Bresnahan, finishing out his role for the Los Angeles Times before joining TWC SportsNet on a full-time basis, writes that Young will likely either be traded or waived before the campaign begins. A definitive candidate for the stretch provision with less trade value than a bag of basketballs, Young's tenure with the Lakers should be all but officially over. Despite drafting Brandon Ingram and signing Luol Deng, Los Angeles needs to find additional depth on the wing.
Mon, Jul 4, 2016 09:41:00 AM

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