Thibodeau has made no promises to Deng on playing time and role but has offered the chance to earn minutes on a roster that includes three of Deng's ex-Chicago Bulls teammates -- Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose and Taj Gibson.
Deng agreed to a $7.5 million contract buyout with the Los Angeles Lakers in order to find a chance to play meaningful minutes elsewhere.
Deng's buyout left him with $29 million for the two years left on his contract, for which the Lakers used the waive and stretch provision to soften the short-term salary-cap hit.
Deng signed a four-year, $72 million free-agent deal with the Lakers in 2016. The Lakers benched Deng, 33, for all but one game of the past season.