Deng agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal with the Lakers on Saturday, The Vertical's Shams Charania reports. The Lakers had become something of a running joke through the first couple days of free agency, as few players seemed interested in taking their money. Deng, however, was willing to take the best offer on the table, joining a very young core of players with less than four years of NBA experience. He averaged 12.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.0 steals and 1.2 three-pointers in 32.4 minutes per game last year with the Heat, and it would not be surprising if he approached those numbers in his first year with the Lakers. Luke Walton's offense will undoubtedly be faster paced than what the Heat ran last year, so perhaps Deng's performance could even tick up. He will be worked in along with Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle in the two forward spots, and could start over one of the youngsters, at least initially.
Deng (wrist) totaled just two points (1-5 FG, 0-3 3Pt), eight rebounds, two assists and a blocked shot across 41 minutes in Friday's 103-91 Game 6 win over the Raptors. Though he entered the night with his status on uncertain ground due to the bruised left wrist he sustained in Wednesday's Game 5 loss, Deng was able to gut it out and play 39 or more minutes for the fifth time this series. Still, it appears the injury made him hesitant to look for his offense, as his five shot attempts were his fewest of the postseason. While he should be in line for sizable minutes once again in Sunday's Game 7, Deng has been held under double-digit points for four straight games and doesn't look like an alluring DFS option.
Deng (wrist) will play in Friday's Game 6 against the Heat, Ethan J. Skolnick of the Miami Herald reports. Deng has his wrist wrapped, and indicated that he feels great. While the optimism is a good sign, it remains to be seen how the injury will affect his performance. The Heat are very thin in the frontcourt, so Deng will have to carry the load at the power forward, and even center depending on the lineups.
Deng (wrist) will go through warmups Friday and the team is hopeful that he'll be able to take to floor for Game 6 against the Raptors, Mike Mazzeo of ESPN.com reports. The veteran wing left Wednesday's game with what was ultimately diagnosed as a bruised left wrist. Deng went through morning shootaround Friday and he will "warm up with the intention to play" in Game 6 against the Raptors. According to The South Florida Sun Sentinel, if Deng is able to play and draws into the starting lineup, Amar'e Stoudemire would likely get another start at center given Hassan Whiteside's absence. Further confirmation on Deng's status will be made available prior to Friday's tip-off.
Deng (wrist) went through the team's morning shootaround Friday, but remains questionable for Game 6 against the Raptors, Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reports. Deng is dealing with a deep bruise in his left wrist and despite going through shootaround, he remains a game-time decision for Friday's matchup against the Raptors. Considering the Heat are only one game away from potentially being eliminated from the playoffs, it would be surprising to see Deng held out. However, we'll likely have to wait till closer to tip-off before hearing the final word on his availability.
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