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Lakers waive F Luol Deng midway through $72 million deal

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. — The Los Angeles Lakers have waived forward Luol Deng two years after signing him to a four-year, $72 million free-agent contract.

The Lakers announced the move Saturday, the first day in which the final season of Deng’s mammoth deal could be stretched over a three-season span of the Lakers’ salary cap limit.

The 33-year-old Deng appeared in 56 games during his first year with the Lakers, but he played just one game last season with Magic Johnson in charge of the Lakers’ front office.

Deng’s deal is a remnant of the administration of former Lakers basketball boss Jim Buss and general manager Mitch Kupchak, who signed Deng in 2016 along with fellow high-priced veteran Timofey Mozgov.

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