Lakers Rumors: Luol Deng Reportedly Also Shut Down Alongside Timofey Mozgov

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In addition to shutting down Timofey Mozgov with 15 games remaining in their season, the Los Angeles Lakers have also shut down Luol Deng as part of a continuing effort to get more minutes to evaluate their young players, according to Baxter Holmes and Ramona Shelburne of ESPN. Through three starts this season, Zubac has compiled averages of 13.7 points, 7.0 boards and 1.7 blocks per game on 79.2 percent shooting, so he's officially a must-own guy in all formats moving forward.

Deng and Mozgov had each been replaced in the starting lineup and their playing time had been cut dramatically. He ranks 7th among Lakers players and 243rd in the National Basketball Association with a -0.4 nERD on the season.

The Lakers keep their first round pick this season if it's in the top-3.

The optics, however, do not look good, as Mozgov is on a four-year contract worth $64 million and is LA's second-highest paid player at $16 million per year. The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears reported Tuesday that Mozgov had effectively been shut down for the rest of the season following a stretch in which he has played just one game since the All-Star break.

Although this move hardly comes as a surprise with the stacked 2017 NBA Draft looming, Deng and Mozgov were the Lakers' two big free agent signings this past offseason.

Deng had started 49 of the 56 games he has played in the first season of his four-year, $72 million deal.



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