The Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball ops laughed and turned to GM Rob Pelinka when a reporter asked him if the team engaged in any trade talks for Deng prior to Thursday’s deadline.
Magic Johnson was asked by @billoram if there were any substantive conversations about Luol Deng during the trade deadline, and his initial response is AMAZING! #LakeShow #Lakers pic.twitter.com/IWNU76YGx0
— Shahan Ahmed (@shahanLA) February 8, 2018
Deng, 32, is owed $36 million over the next two seasons.
Magic Johnson puts the LOL in Luol Deng.https://t.co/uxQTedjvFJ
— Bill Oram (@billoram) February 9, 2018
Per the OC Register:
“We want to say this about Luol,” Johnson said. “Rob has been working very well with him to try to get him to a place where he can be happy. But there’s not been a trade for him. He understands that and he knows that.”
Deng has not suited up for the Lakers since opening night, when he started in place of the suspended Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. He appeared in 56 games last season, averaging 7.6 points and 5.3 rebounds.
“Luol has been an unbelievable professional and has stayed very positive,” Pelinka said. “He understands the situation. At some point we’ll figure out a way to resolve that (in a manner) that’s a win for him and for us, but this trade deadline wasn’t the window for that to happen.”