so what’s the skinny on Deng?
Is he gonna retire?
stay and milk this contract?
He's not getting a buyout because his contract would still be on the books until it actually ends. The Lakers want the ability to create more cap space in 2018 free agency. He's not going to retire and give up all of that money.
I would guess the Lakers keep him until the off-season and see if they'll actually need that cap room. If so, they'll stretch him. If not, then they'll buy him out.
They would love to trade him. But, that's not happening unless the Lakers are willing to give up a prime asset again.