Deng (ankle) is listed as out for Wednesday's game against the Clippers. Deng's season is officially over, after only seeing action in the first game of the season. His absence won't have an impact on the Lakers rotation.
Deng (ankle) is listed as out for Tuesday's game against the Rockets. Deng has been dealing with a sprained left ankle recently and he's unlikely to return ahead of Wednesday's season finale against the Clippers. Prior to the injury, Deng had seen action in just one game this season, so his absence won't have an impact on the rotation.
Deng (ankle) won't play in Thursday's tilt against Minnesota. Deng's status should have no impact on the team since he hasn't played since the first game of the year anyway as the team has favored the younger players. It's unclear when he'll be recovered from his ankle injury, but he's unlikely whenever he gets back to full health.
The Lakers are listing Deng as out for Tuesday's game against the Jazz with a sprained left ankle. Deng has appeared in just one regular-season game for the Lakers since Feb. 26, 2017, but that's been mostly due to the rebuilding squad keeping the veteran out of the rotation to prioritize the development of its younger forwards. As a result, the sprained ankle isn't anything that will affect his status since the Lakers are already committed to holding Deng out. The 32-year-old will have two years remaining on his contract after this season and will likely continue to operate as another coach and positive presence in the locker room.
Lakers head coach Luke Walton said Sunday that Deng will be a fixture on the inactive list this season, Bill Oram of The Orange County Register reports. "As of now, [Deng's] not in the rotation as far as consistently penciled in without something happening," Walton said. Deng logged 13 minutes in the season opener as a replacement starter for the suspended Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, but the veteran forward has failed to get off the bench the last two games. That was often the case in the second half of the 2016-17 campaign when Walton cleared the way for the team's younger players to pick up minutes, and it appears Deng will continue to remain marginalized while Brandon Ingram, Larry Nance, Julius Randle and Kyle Kuzma see the bulk of the run at either forward spot. With Deng barely into the second year of the four-year, $72 million pact he signed last July, the Lakers probably won't be able to find a trading partner willing to pick up the remainder of his massive contract.
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