After finalizing a contract buyout with the Lakers, free agent Luol Deng is set to reunite with Tom Thibodeau and three former teammates in Minnesota. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the 33-year-old has agreed to a one-year deal with the Timberwolves.
Free agent Luol Deng has reached agreement on a one-year, $2.4M deal with Minnesota, pending physical, per league sources.- Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) September 10, 2018
Deng, who played with the Timberwolves' Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Derrick Rose during his time in Chicago, only appeared in one game last season with the Lakers and was inactive for the remainder of the year. In 56 games played during the 2016-17 season, the two-time All-Star averaged 7.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 26.5 minutes per game.
While it was just an exhibition, he showed flashes in this Summer's NBA Africa Game, finishing with 14 points and three steals in 23 minutes of action. Deng will immediately contribute in a reserve role for the Wolves, backing up Butler and fifth-year forward Andrew Wiggins. A change of scenery can be just what the 15-year veteran needs to extend his career.
Minnesota looks to take another step towards contending in the Western Conference after a 47-win season and its first playoff berth since 2004.