The Los Angeles Lakers continue to spend big bucks in free agency, just not on the players most expected.
On Saturday, they agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal with forward Luol Deng, Yahoo Sports first reported Saturday.
Free agent Luol Deng has reached agreement on a four-year, $72 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, league sources tell The Vertical.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) July 2, 2016
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Deng, 31, has spent the past two seasons with the Miami Heat. He averaged 12.3 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game last season, and will provide veteran leadership to a young Lakers squad.
He was the seventh overall pick in 2004 by the Chicago Bulls and has averaged 15.5 points, 6.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in his 12-season NBA career. Deng was an All-Star during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons with the Bulls.
Soon after the start of free agency Friday, the Lakers gave former Cleveland Cavaliers center Timofey Mozgov a four-year, $64 million contract. LA also retained guard Jordan Clarkson on a four-year, $50 million deal.