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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
Contract: view contract details

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Luol Deng made an unassuming debut for the Lakers on Wednesday, scoring seven points with five boards in 28 minutes.
The veteran shot 3-of-9 from the field while adding one 3-pointer and one steal, so it wasn't a total loss. His outlook will grow dimmer by the month with L.A. inevitably developing Brandon Ingram at his expense, so there's not a lot to like for fantasy purposes. Oct 27 - 1:47 AM

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Luol Deng (left leg) and Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) are being listed as probable for Wednesday's regular-season opener against Houston.

Walton already said on Tuesday that both would be available on opening night, so the probable tag is just a formality. Feel free to get them active.
Oct 26 - 1:54 PM

Luke Walton confirmed on Tuesday that both Luol Deng (left leg) and Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) will be good to go for Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Rockets.

Deng could provide some low-end value to begin the year, but his role could slowly diminish in Los Angeles as the losses begin to pile up and player development becomes a priority over wins. Mozgov signed a massive deal with the Lakers this offseason, but it would be surprising if he were a significant factor in fantasy hoops this year.
Oct 25 - 4:38 PM

Luol Deng (left leg) and Timofey Mozgov (tailbone) are probable to play in Wednesday's regular-season opener against the Rockets.

Neither guy is dealing with a significant injury, so it would be very surprising to see them miss opening night. Deng will be L.A.'s starting small forward, but his minutes could be held in check with the development of Brandon Ingram being a priority for the Lakers.
Oct 25 - 3:53 PM

Luol Deng (rest) will not play on Friday.

It looks to be just a night off for the veteran. Deng should start the opener, but he'll have Brandon Ingram right behind him all season.
Oct 21 - 8:43 PM

Luol Deng will be rested vs. the Warriors on Wednesday.

There's nothing to see here, as L.A. is taking the opportunity to rest the veteran in a meaningless game. Nick Young will get the start at SF in his absence.
Oct 19 - 8:27 PM

Luol Deng (bruised left knee) returned from a two-game absence on Tuesday vs. Portland, scoring seven points with three rebounds in 14 minutes.

Lakers coach Luke Walton said before the game that he would be cautious with Deng, so that explains the low minutes. Brandon Ingram is going to be brought along slowly, but he will eventually eat into Deng's minutes as the season progresses. Deng is an unattractive fantasy asset in the later rounds despite having the starting role.
Oct 12 - 12:57 AM

Luol Deng (bruised left knee) will start on Tuesday vs. the Blazers.

He missed the last two games for the Lakers, but the team was just being cautious. For what it's worth, Deng is not expected to have a large workload tonight. Nick Young will move back to the bench, while D'Angelo Russell, Lou Williams, Julius Randle and Timofey Mozgov will remain in the starting lineup.
Oct 11 - 8:52 PM

Luol Deng (bruised left knee) is probable to play in Tuesday's preseason game against Portland.

Deng sat out that past two preseason games with the knee bruise, but he was a full participant during shootaround, so he should be out there tonight which will more than likely shift Metta World Peace back to the bench. Deng is expected to start for the Lakers this season, but he's not worth much more than a late-round selection in standard formats.
Oct 11 - 2:54 PM

Luol Deng (bruised knee) will not play on Sunday.

The Lakers will start D'Angelo Russell, Lou Williams, Nick Young, Julius Randle and Timofey Mozgov. Deng is reportedly "feeling better" but the Lakers have no incentive to risk a setback. Metta World Peace started L.A.'s previous exhibition, and Brandon Ingram's continued bench role is likely designed to get him comfortable with the second unit.

Luol Deng (left knee bruise) is questionable for Sunday's game vs. Denver.

Deng did not play vs. the Nuggets on Friday, and it doesn't sound like he's got a great chance to be out there on Sunday given he did not practice on Saturday. The Lakers have no incentive to rush Deng and every reason to give their younger players extended looks in the preseason, so the veteran is likely to sit again. As a result, Brandon Ingram should get some more run while guys like Metta World Peace, Anthony Brown and Nick Young get in the mix for minutes. Expect either Ingram or Young to start.

Luol Deng (knee) will not play on Friday.

It doesn't sound serious, but obviously the Lakers don't want to play Deng at less than 100 percent. Deng missed 18 games in the last two seasons combined since his injury-plagued 2013-14. He is fully expected to start the season and is only a late-round pick in standard leagues due to a somewhat low upside.
Oct 7 - 9:13 PM

Luol Deng (knee) is doubtful for Friday's game vs. the Nuggets.

The Lakers are calling the issue a left knee bruise and said he suffered the injury during Thursday's practice. It's the preseason, so it's safe to say that Deng will be held out as a precaution. Brandon Ingram is coming off a disappointing performance, but he should get a ton of burn tonight. Anthony Brown should play more as well.
Oct 7 - 1:13 PM

Luol Deng scored eight points vs. the Kings on Tuesday, shooting 3-of-7 from the field and 1-of-2 from deep.

He added a couple rebounds and one turnover, but only played 16 minutes because coach Luke Walton wants to get a long look at the younger guys during the preseason. Deng should see plenty of minutes at the three and four early on this season, but his role should dwindle down the stretch once Brandon Ingram is ready for more responsibility. Deng is just a late-round option.
Oct 5 - 12:39 AM

Coach Luke Walton said he hasn't decided on starting Luol Deng.

For now, it would be a surprise for Deng to not start. He did really grow as a power forward in his Miami days, so it wouldn't be a total shock to see him move to the bench as a combo forward, especially with how Walton figures to go small more often than Byron Scott. Due to Deng's durability concerns and how the Laker guards should do most of the scoring, Deng isn't an ideal fantasy target.
Aug 31 - 3:27 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PG1D'Angelo Russell
2Marcelo Huertas
3Jose Calderon
SG1Lou Williams
2Jordan Clarkson
3Nick Young
SF1Luol Deng
2Brandon Ingram
3Metta World Peace
PF1Julius Randle
2Larry Nance
3Thomas Robinson
C1Timofey Mozgov
2Tarik Black
3Ivica Zubac