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Luol Deng | Forward | #9

Team: Los Angeles Lakers
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/16/1985
Ht / Wt:  6'9' / 220
College: Duke
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (7) / PHO
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Luol Deng scored three points with three rebounds and one 3-pointer in 21 minutes against the Pistons on Wednesday.
Based on coach Luke Walton's comments, it doesn't sound like this will be changing anytime soon. "He’ll give us a lot of advantages with that group," Walton said about Deng in the second unit. He'll have some decent games mixed in, but the consistency will clearly be dropping off the bench. Deng is only a deep-league guy due to a lower upside. Feb 8 - 11:26 PM

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Luol Deng scored seven points off the bench on Monday vs. the Knicks, shooting 1-of-6 from the field in 24 minutes with three boards, one assist, one steal and one block.

When asked how he felt about coming off the bench behind Brandon Ingram, Deng said, "Does it matter?" He's a team player and added that he won't make this about him, so give him credit for accepting a lesser role. He's trending in the wrong direction and is a drop candidate in most leagues.
Feb 6 - 10:10 PM

Luol Deng will come off the bench for Monday's game against the Knicks.

Brandon Ingram will be getting the start, and with the way the Lakers' season is going, this could be a permanent change. Deng has been operating well outside the top-150 for the past month, and his value will continue to plummet as his minutes decline with the second unit, so he's a cut candidate in most leagues.
Feb 6 - 4:15 PM

Luol Deng scored 17 points with six rebounds, one block and three 3-pointers in 32 minutes against the Wizards on Thursday.

He closed as the power forward for the Lakers, which is likely due to how they were trailing. Deng did play 31 minutes in his last game on Tuesday and he looks to be over his wrist issue. There will always be some concern he gets rested later this year, but he may have some value to the All-Star break. Keep an eye on his status for Friday's road game.
Feb 2 - 10:20 PM

Updating a previous report, Luke Walton confirmed that Luol Deng (wrist) will play Wednesday in Portland.

Deng missed the scrimmage portion of Tuesday's practice, but he'll be good to go for Wednesday's game after logging 19 minutes in his return from a two-game stint on the sidelines on Sunday. Deng is starting and getting solid run for the Lakers, but statistically, his production just hasn't been there and his rest-of-season outlook isn't looking great as an older guy playing on a rebuilding team.
Jan 24 - 3:36 PM

Luol Deng (wrist) is probable to play Wednesday in Portland.

Deng went through a majority of Tuesday's practice, but sat out the scrimmage portion after a minor collision with Tarik Black in which he got popped in the face. He should be good to go for Wednesday night, although over the past month he's ranked outside the top-150 with forgettable averages of 8.0 points, 5.9 boards and not much else on 40.5 percent shooting. As Larry Nance works his way into game shape, Deng's value will likely continue to trend in the wrong direction.
Jan 24 - 3:05 PM

Luol Deng (wrist) was back in the starting lineup following a two-game stint on the sidelines and produced nine points, two boards, two blocks and one 3-pointer in 19 minutes.

The low minute total can be attributed to the blowout nature of the game, although Deng's minutes could start trending south as Larry Nance is brought back into the rotation. On the season, Deng ranks outside the top-150, and there won't be much incentive for Luke Walton to prioritize his playing time towards the second half of the year with guys like Brandon Ingram and Nance in need of developmental minutes. In other words, Deng isn't a very attractive pickup in most settings.
Jan 22 - 7:09 PM

Luol Deng (wrist) and Nick Young (knee) will start Sunday vs. the Mavericks.

Deng will be returning from a two-game absence, and Brandon Ingram, Young, Julius Randle and Timofey Mozgov will join him in the starting five. Deng hasn't played very well over the past month, and with Larry Nance (knee) also getting back to the court tonight, he's not a strong pickup in most settings. Ingram has been playing really well lately, and after flirting with a triple-double the last time he started at point, he makes for an intriguing DFS play today.

Luol Deng (wrist) went through a full practice on Saturday and is questionable to play against the Mavs on Sunday.

That's a great sign for Deng to return. Deng was previous ruled out "indefinitely" earlier this week, but it was just their way of saying they didn't know how long his shooting wrist would bother him. With Brandon Ingram playing much better and Larry Nance back, Deng may not be returning to the same role he had before the injury. Most owners can take a wait-and-see approach.
Jan 21 - 2:55 PM

Luol Deng (wrist) will not play on Friday vs. the Pacers.

Brandon Ingram will start in his place once again. The Lakers initially said Deng was out indefinitely a few days back, but he was a game-time call tonight which suggests he's probably day-to-day. Regardless, he belongs on the wire in most leagues anyways. Ingram is looking at a heavy workload and is trending up as a nice stash in standard leagues.
Jan 20 - 9:32 PM

Luol Deng (wrist) is a game-time call to face the Pacers on Friday.

He will test out his shooting wrist and the team will go from there. If he sits, Brandon Ingram would get the start again. We'll pass along the decision on Deng in hopefully about an hour.
Jan 20 - 8:52 PM

Luol Deng (right wrist) skipped the contact portion of the Lakers shootaround on Friday morning and is listed as questionable for for Friday's game vs. the Pacers.

Deng did not play Wednesday due to the wrist injury. Brandon Ingram started in his place and posted an impressive all-around game, finishing with 15 points, five rebounds, four assists, three steals and two 3-pointers in 37 minutes. Ingram is an intriguing DFS play if Deng is ruled out on Friday.
Jan 20 - 1:59 PM

Luol Deng (right wrist) is questionable to play against the Pacers on Friday.

He also did not practice on Wednesday. Deng was called out indefinitely on Tuesday, so he's likely not going to play with a sprained shooting wrist. Even when he's back, the Lakers seem to be shifting to their younger players. If he's out, Brandon Ingram should continue to start and get heavy minutes, making him a target in standard leagues. The guards also benefit.
Jan 18 - 4:06 PM

Luol Deng will not play on Tuesday due to a sprained right wrist and will be out indefinitely.

This came out of nowhere, but he apparently suffered the injury two days ago and he was sporting a huge wrap on his wrist prior to being ruled out. Look for Brandon Ingram to get some extra run in his absence, while Thomas Robinson could also see a small boost. Deng has a history of wrist problems so it will be interesting to see how long this one keeps him out.
Jan 17 - 9:27 PM

Luol Deng returned from a rest day on Sunday with two points, seven rebounds, one assist and one steal, making 1-of-6 shots in a team-high 36 minutes of action.

Deng has had some nice stretches for the Lakers this year, but his rest-of-season outlook is shaky at best. As a 13-year veteran on a team that should increasingly emphasize player development down the stretch, Deng is a borderline cut in 12-team leagues.
Jan 16 - 12:37 AM