los angeles lakers request waivers on forward luol deng

15:00    02 Sep 2018

Los Angeles Lakers' forward Luol Deng (L) of South Sudan shoots as Golden State Warriors' guard Klay Thompson (R) defends

National Basketball Association (NBA) giants Los Angeles Lakers have requested waivers on Sudanese forward Luol Deng.

This was announced by the team's General Manager Rob Pelinka, who thanked the 33-year-old player for his time with the Lakers.

“We want to thank Luol for his time with the Lakers,” said Pelinka on the team's official website.

“We made this move to further our future salary cap and roster flexibility, as we continue to build this Lakers team according to our current overall vision.”

Acquired as a free agent in 2016, Deng appeared in 57 career games (50 starts) for the Lakers, averaging 7.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 26.3 minutes.

Meanwhile, NBA side Memphis Grizzlies have also waived center Dakari Johnson according to the team's General Manager Chris Wallace.

The team made the announcement on its official website:

"Johnson (7-0, 255) appeared in 31 games (six starts) last season as a rookie for the Oklahoma City Thunder and averaged 1.8 points and 1.1 rebounds in 5.2 minutes. He was acquired by the Grizzlies from the Orlando Magic on July 23, 2018."

"The 22-year-old New York native was selected the Thunder with the 48th overall pick in the second round of the 2015 NBA Draft following his sophomore season at the University of Kentucky. He has played three seasons in the NBA G League for the Oklahoma City Blue," a team statement read.

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