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Luol Deng tries to make do trapped in his nowhere land

Before every Lakers game at Staples Center this season, Luol Deng shows up on time, sits in front of his corner locker, talks strategy, tells jokes, full of life, the picture of health, preparing as if he is going to play.

But he won't play. He won't sit on the bench. He won't even step on the court. The uniform that hangs crisply and tauntingly in his locker will remain untouched; he instead wears the baggy sweats of one who never leaves the house.

When the Lakers run out for the game, their Nowhere Man retires to a training room to pretend.
Doesn't fit their rebuild. Contract too awkward to trade. Too expensive to buy-out.

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We would all take his space pretending to play for that amount of money. Not right what their doing to him, but he is set for life.

Cant compare his story to misery of millions suffering on this earth.

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I do feel for him a bit. A 'benefactor' or 'victim' of the NBA cap spike depending from what perspective you look at it. One of the nice guys in the NBA, but at least the money he earns will help him post-bball where I know he does a lot of good work.

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Some of this is within his control.

If he agreed to a smaller buyout amount, as many others have done, he could go onto another team perhaps even a contender and make a meaningful contribution.

If he just wants to sit and make 8 figures, there is nothing wrong with that either.

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It's a weird situation, but not completely.
He has a choice between making them stick to the letter of his contract, or accepting a practical alternative that would allow him to play.

And for its worth, I think Magic is correct. End of the day, the problem is that nobody else wants him at that salary.

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Never one to feel sorry for a bloke making that sort of cash when he can easily walk away from it at anytime by negotiating a buy out event thou the situation isn't his fault.

Obviously i don't feel sorry for the Lakers as they are putting him in this position after making a large offer and now being stuck with him getting paid way overs.

It looks like he lakers want to force his hand into seeking a reduced buy-out so they can get out from under the contract...If LBJ/PG13 come he could actually be a handy role player who is valuable in small line ups.

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Doesn't have a point of view
Knows not where he's going to
Isn't he a bit like you and me?

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