The Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday announced that veteran forward Luol Deng has undergone surgery to repair his right pectoral muscle.
Deng is expected to make a full recovery from the operation prior to the start of training camp.
The 32-year-old had joined the Lakers last offseason as a free agent on a four-year, $72 million deal. He struggled to find any level of consistency in his first campaign with the team averaging career lows in points(7.6), field goal percentage (38.7), assists (1.3), and minutes per game (26.5).
Deng saw his role decrease as the season wore on and was shut down in March along with veteran center Timofey Mozgov. He didn’t take the floor for the final 22 games of the year finishing with 56 total appearances with 49 starts.
His minutes went to rookie Brandon Ingram over the final two months of the season where he averaged 13.2 points on 47.5 percent shooting from the field following the All-Star break.
During his exit interview back in April, Deng stated that he would like to be primarily used at the power forward position in order to best maximize the remaining years of his NBA career. He has three years left on his deal worth $54 million.
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