I totally agree. I don't necessarily want Deng either but I think Melo is a worse option fit wise. Lakers have the luxury of options this off season. Brooks or Young, Bazemore or Henry or Meeks or new 3pt threat. Bazemore can probably be brought back with limited expectations to play a big role but I doubt they can bring Brooks back to play limited minutes behind Young or Henry.
I do not know what the infatuation is with Deng honestly.
The guys defense isn't as good as it once was, he's not a "two way" player becaue his offensive production is very crap and inefficient and VERY MUCH so this year and as of late.
For those watching him in Cleveland he's one of the WORST shooters in the NBA right now and during the month of February 39% from the field and 29% from three... That's Ricky Rubio like numbers and through March has shot 35% from the field and across his last 5 games has shot 26% from the field and .077% from three.
Why would you want to spend so much on this guy or even 10 million on him? I don't see his game ever improving and he's only going to get older from here. Idk why people like him so much tbh. I never have.
Develop Baze for 1.2 million and see if you can get something better and if you can't don't waste 10 million on Deng, save it for some time or someone else.