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Another former Chicago Bull appears to be on his way to becoming a Minnesota Timberwolf.
According to Marc Stein of the New York Times, the Wolves are widely expected to sign veteran small forward Luol Deng, ending a week’s work of speculation (and clear agitation from some Wolves’ fans).
And a one-year deal for the veteran minimum of $2.4 million has reportedly already been agreed upon, pending Deng’s completion of a physical.
If true, Deng will join a once-proud and productive group of former Bulls that includes swingman Jimmy Butler, power forward Taj Gibson, point guard Derrick Rose and, oh yeah, head coach and head basketball man Tom Thibodeau.
Deng reuniting with Tom Thibodeau and former teammates Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson. He had dinner with Thibodeau and Timberwolves GM Scott Layden Sunday night and taking physical exam now. https://t.co/iE7KiawVp4
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 10, 2018
But unlike some of the others, it is up for debate whether Deng can actually help Minnesota on the court. He appeared in just one game for the Los Angeles Lakers last season — the first. He never stepped foot on the court other than to warm up before a game.
Deng, 32, has also seen his scoring average decrease in each of the previous five years, as he averaged 5.4 points in 56 games in 2016-17.
The Lakers waived Deng on Sept. 1, opting to stretch his large contract over several seasons.