There was a time when Luol Deng was highly touted around the NBA. He was a tough defender and a guy who could knock down big shots, a fierce competitor, and a hard-working teammate.

Deng was one of the biggest fan favorites in Chicago. But ever since he left the Chicago Bulls, his career took a bit of an expected downfall.

He wasn't as young, would play in a different system, and the league was changing at the time, so it wasn't safe to expect his usual production anymore.

Even so, the Lakers signed Deng to a 4-year, $72 million contract back in 2016, hoping he could bring in some veteran leadership to a team craving some changes with Kobe Bryant out of the picture.