The Los Angeles Lakers aren’t wasting any time in making moves this summer.
After signing Timofey Mozgov within minutes of the free agency period starting and then agreeing to a new deal with Jordan Clarkson just hours later, the purple and gold continued their quest of adding talent to their roster on Saturday.
According to Shams Charania from The Vertical, the Lakers have agreed to a four-year deal with Luol Deng that will pay the former Duke product $72 million.
Deng, 31, will bring a great deal of leadership to this extremely young Lakers squad, along with this versatile style of play.
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
The Lakers had previously been in pursuit of Kent Bazemore and reportedly offered him the same money and years as Deng just agreed to, though the former Laker decided to return to the Atlanta Hawks on a four-year, $70 million deal. Bazemore also turned down the Houston Rockets’ offer of $72 million over four seasons.
Kent Bazemore takes four years, $70M, turning down four/$72M from Houston and the Lakers, to go back to the Hawks, per source.
— David Aldridge (@daldridgetnt) July 2, 2016
Before the Deng deal, the Lakers still had around $40 million to spend in free agency, according to Eric Pincus from the L.A. Times, so there could still be a few moves on the way for the purple and gold.