Friday, May 24, 2013
Latest on Deng's wrist
By Tom Carpenter
Luol Deng battled through a torn ligament in his left wrist during the 2011-12 campaign, but he opted against having surgery to repair the damage last offseason so that he could take part in the Olympics. It was a somewhat risky move to skip the procedure and play through another NBA campaign, but he made it through the 2012-13 season without missing any action due to his wrist. With that in mind, he is going to simply rest the joint this offseason, rather than deal with surgery, according to Shams Charania of RealGM.com.
Deng has performed admirably, despite the injury, earning a spot on the Eastern Conference All-Star roster each of the past two seasons. However, his shooting percentage has been a glaring issue during that stretch, as he posted a 42.6 FG% this season and 41.2 FG% last season. Even including those campaigns, Deng has hit 46.0 percent of his shots from the field during his lengthy career and never had a season lower than 46.0 FG% between his rookie campaign and the 2011-12 season.
Hopefully rest and the return of Derrick Rose will help Deng boost that element of his game next season.