Lakers have ‘given up’ on Deng trade

Veteran small forward Luol Deng has only appeared in one game this season for the Los Angeles Lakers and been a steady member of the inactive list since the Lakers are prioritizing the development of their younger players.

At the beginning of November, ESPN reported Deng’s camp and the Lakers were collaborating to find a suitable trade or buyout agreement for the former All-Star so he could get playing time elsewhere.

Deng, however, has two years and $26 million remaining on his contract after this year and no team in the league will take that on.

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting that the Lakers have “given up” on trading Deng because they are unwilling to throw in any picks or players in a potential deal.

“You talk to teams around the league, no one is bailing the Lakers out with Deng’s contract,” Wojnarowski said. “They’re not. Teams have asked for multiple first-round picks. They’ve asked for Brandon Ingram. They’ll ask for Kyle Kuzma. The Lakers have essentially given up on the idea that they can trade Deng.”

Deng, a 13-year veteran, has career averages of 15.0 points and 6.1 rebounds.