The Minnesota Timberwolves have signed free agent forward Luol Deng, the latest former Chicago Bulls player to reunite with coach Tom Thibodeau.
Deng’s one-year deal is worth $2.4million (£1.8m), according to a person with knowledge of the contract speaking on condition of anonymity because the team does not release terms.
The 33-year-old will join former Bulls team-mates Jimmy Butler, Taj Gibson and Derrick Rose in Minnesota. They all played for Thibodeau with Chicago, too.
Luol Deng (right) pictured playing for the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2016-17 season
Deng debuted with the Bulls as a 19-year-old in 2004, when the native of South Sudan was the seventh overall pick in the draft out of Duke.
He spent 10 seasons with Chicago, but Minnesota will be his fifth team in six years and was waived by the Los Angeles Lakers on September 1.
Deng played just one game and 13 minutes in the whole of last season for the LA Lakers, a once-mighty team who had fallen on hard times and wanted to go with their younger players.
Deng has changed teams five times in six years following 10 years with Chicago Red Bulls
With the Lakers having splashed out to sign the world’s best player LeBron James this summer, this week saw them pay up the two years remaining on the GB Olympic ace’s contract to make room under the league’s complicated salary cap system.
That stood at an eye-watering $36.8 million (£28.3m) although Deng agreed to waive $7.5 million (£5.8m) of that total as part of the ‘buy-out’ agreement with the Lakers.
In short, that left LA paying Deng a £22.5 million ‘golden handshake’ for the privilege of having him leave the club this week.