August 3, 2018, 5:04 pmLuol DengF, Los Angeles Lakers
In an interview ahead of the NBA's Africa Game, Luol Deng pushed back on the idea that he was semi-retired and reiterated his desire to keep playing.
"There has been a lot of talk. Me not playing was not my call. This is an organisational decision. People can say whatever they want to say I respected what they were telling me. Throughout the year I tried to play and every time they said they wanted to play the young guys, so that’s their direction." The Lakers have a completely revamped roster this season but Deng remains unlikely to play. It does sound like he'd welcome a new opportunity though. "I want to play, I want to be a part of something. But I’m not going to be a part of a place where you don’t believe in me. I’m not trying to knock down anybody, but I play for people who believe in me."