The Minnesota Timberwolves have not been shy about adding players from Tom Thibodeau’s glory days with the Chicago Bulls. Jimmy Butler and Taj Gibson represent the big names, and Thibodeau opted for former NBA MVP Derrick Rose prior to the 2017-18 playoffs.
Now, another Bull stalwart could be reuniting with his former coach. Luol Deng, who recently agreed to a buyout with the Los Angeles Lakers, is rumored to be on the radar in Minnesota. Deng appeared in just one game last season for the Lakers, as the team ventured in a more youthful direction.
Deng represented one of the Lakers’ marquee free agent signings in the summer of 2016. According to multiple sources, Deng, a 14-year NBA veteran, will soon meet with Timberwolves brass to discuss a possible deal.
Deng’s last full season of playing basketball, he averaged 7.6 PPG in 56 appearances for the Lakers in 2016-17. He started 49 of those games and played more than 26 minutes a night, so he could still have something left to offer an NBA team.
Deng had an amicable split with the Lakers, as both sides will benefit from the move. Deng has the opportunity to pursue playing time elsewhere, while the Lakers cleared even more cap space to pursue top free agents in the summer of 2019.
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