Luol Deng has been kept inactive by the Los Angeles Lakers for their past two games.
Luke Walton indicated that he will likely remain out of their rotation.
“As of now he’s not in the rotation as far as consistently penciled in without something happening,” Walton said.
Deng signed a four-year, $72 million deal with the Lakers in 2016.
“We’ve talked,” Walton said. “It’s 82 games. There’s a lot that’s going to change, but for right now we’ve asked him to stay sharp, to keep working to stay ready for when he gets called on and continue mentoring our young players.”
The Lakers are seeking multiple max salary slots for the 2018 offseason and will almost certainly need to attach an asset to trade Deng, if not multiple assets.