Reports: Timberwolves interested in forward Deng

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[September 06, 2018]  Free agent forward Luoi Deng could be the latest former member of the Chicago Bulls to land with the Minnesota Timberwolves.



Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau, formerly the Chicago coach, traded for Jimmy Butler last year and also has other ex-Bulls Taj Gibson, Derrick Rose and Jamal Crawford on the roster. Now, multiple reports indicate Minnesota could be the landing spot for Deng, recently waived by the Los Angeles Lakers.

Deng and the Lakers reached an agreement on a contract buyout Saturday. The 33-year-old Deng had two years left on a four-year, $72 million pact he signed in 2016. The Lakers have committed to a different direction under the leadership of Magic Johnson, choosing to mix newly signed LeBron James with young talent.

Deng played in the opening game of the 2017-18 season and didn't play again. Waiving Deng helps to free salary cap space for the Lakers, who could have as much as $38 million available for the 2019-20 season -- enough for to sign another player to a maximum contract next summer.

A 14-year veteran, Deng has averaged 15.0 points and 6.1 rebounds per game with the Bulls, Cavaliers, Heat and Lakers. He is a two-time All-Star.

--Field Level Media

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