Even after the Lakers decided to remove their highest-paid player from the starting lineup, Luol Deng had a place in Coach Luke Walton’s rotation.
That changed Friday night against the Boston Celtics.
For the first time all season, Deng was a healthy scratch. Before the game, Walton approached Deng to explain his reasoning. The Lakers wanted more playing time for young players like Development League call-up David Nwaba, trade acquisition Tyler Ennis, guard Jordan Clarkson and rookie forward Brandon Ingram.
“We’re trying to get looks at all the young guys that we can,”...