Luol Deng

Lakers benched Luol Deng to give young players more playing time

Lakers benched Luol Deng to give young players more playing time

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,”...

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