Luol Deng Injury: Updates on Lakers Star's Wrist and Return

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured Columnist

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As the Los Angeles Lakers look to improve during the 2016-17 season, Luol Deng suffered a sprained wrist that will keep him out for at least one game. 

Continue for updates.


Deng Out vs. Nuggets

Tuesday, Jan. 17

The Vertical's Chris Mannix, citing a Lakers announcement, first reported the news. 

Deng was largely healthy during his two-year stint with the Miami Heat, appearing in 146 of 164 regular-season games. He was banged up during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against the Toronto Raptors last year, though, leaving in the third quarter with a wrist injury after scoring just four points.

The 31-year-old has had his minutes monitored after 12 seasons in the NBA. He averaged 32.4 minutes per game last season, the second-lowest mark of his career.

The Lakers have their small forward of the future in Brandon Ingram (19), and Julius Randle (22) has tremendous upside at power forward. Deng was brought in to provide quality minutes and serve as a mentor to those young players.

Deng is no longer an All-Star talent, but his ability to shoot from anywhere on the floor makes him a valuable commodity. His absence will force head coach Luke Walton to play the younger players more, but that should help their long-term development.

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