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Former All-Star 'May Never Play Again In The NBA,' Essentially Retired

Kobe Bryant wearing a suit while standing at center court of the Staples center.

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 18: Kobe Bryant walk out to center court during his jersey retirement ceremony at halftime of a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on December 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Luol Deng is currently sitting on a real albatross of a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. Don't expect him to walk away from the money, but one team executive doubts he ever sees the NBA court again.

Deng is set to make $18 million next year, and $18.8 million in 2019-2020. The second year makes it very difficult for the Lakers to try and move him.

Earlier in his career, Deng made two All-Star teams in 2012 and 2013 and was a second-team All-Defensive Player in 2012.

Those days are long gone. Last season, he made just one appearance for the Lakers, scoring two points in 13 minutes.

In the Bleacher Report article about the potential for a Lakers version of the Warriors "Death Lineup," the question was raised whether Deng could fill in at the five, instead of LeBron James in all circumstances.

The unnamed Lakers executive said that Luol Deng is "all but semi-retired," and is unlikely to play again, despite having over $36 million coming to him.

From the article:

Could Luol Deng be a stopgap as a small center after sitting out most of last season?

The executive said Deng is all but semi-retired. He may never play again in the NBA unless he has a change of heart.

It is unfortunate that the last three years of Deng's career are going to be all about his brutal contract. The four-year, $72 million deal the Lakers gave him was horrible, considering the fact that he played 56 games, averaging 7.6 points, in year one, and could be done after just one more game in the last three years of his deal.

He was an extremely solid player, averaging double-digits in each of his first 13 NBA seasons, most of which were played for the Chicago Bulls.

[Bleacher Report]