A buyout is highly unlikely. Deng would have to take a pretty huge cut in pay for this to be beneficial to the Lakers but why would he agree to that?
Trading Randle probably results in him never being a Laker again. He will be a RFA and it makes no sense for a team to take on Deng's contract if they dont intend on resigning Randle.
Most realistic outcomes are that Deng remains a laker and our FO pretty much ignores him or we attach an asset to him for a trade resulting in a loss of talent but more cap room in the Summer.
No way lakers package Ingram, Kuzma or Ball with him do they?
That leaves Hart, Nance, or Randle.
What team wants any of those players enough?
This will be some serious Houdini chit if Lakers can pull it off without losing Ball, Ingram, or Kuzma
I honestly see Brewer, Clarkson and Randle all gone before Deng
Edited by kball, November 07, 2017 - 11:50 AM.