Feb 3, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers small forward Luol Deng (9) drives to the basket past Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Vince Carter (25) during the game at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Heat, Luol Deng Agree to 2-Year Deal

After flirting for most of the offseason, the Miami Heat and Luol Deng have agreed on a deal, according to Yahoo Sports’ AdrianWojnaroswki.

After losing LeBron James, the Miami Heat have reached agreement with free-agent forward Luol Deng on a two-year, $20 million contract, league sources told Yahoo Sports.

Deng will hold a player option on the 2015-16 season, a source said.

Deng will replace LeBron James in the starting lineup. The 29-year-old wingman is a good teammate who will bring tough defense and a decent offensive game. Deng was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the middle of the season after spending most of his career with the Chicago Bulls.

Previous reports had Deng seeking more money, but he believes the Heat can still contend, as Wojnarowski wrote.

Deng chose the Heat believing their returning nucleus and free-agent signings can keep them contending in the Eastern Conference. The absence of state income tax made the Heat’s offer a sound financial decision for him, too.

Deng averaged 16 points and 5.7 rebounds spending time in Chicago and Cleveland last season. 

He will join Chris Bosh, who re-signed at a five-year, $118 million max deal. Dwyane Wade is also expected to re-sign. The Heat are expected to sign Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts as well.




Tags: Free Agency Luol Deng Miami Heat

  • MichaelNupe Thompson

    What’s the cap looking like now. Would’ve rather had Bledsoe

    • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

      Bosh 23

      McBob 5
      Napier 1
      Wade 15
      Granger 2
      Deng 10
      Cole 2

      That puts you at $58M. Leaves you with $5M and the $2.7M room exception to work with before you’re stuck with minimum contracts. Maybe Wade could take a little bit less (say $13M), and you could hypothetically wait to sign Granger with the room exception. That would leave you with $9M in cap space.

      Do you keep Chalmers and trade Cole? Do you sign and trade Chalmers? What about Haslem and Birdman?

      They still have the flexibility to make one more big move to get an above average starter, but you’re getting into iffy territory with filling out your roster and fulfilling your obligations to returning players.

      Keep in mind that Riley has proven himself a very good negotiator, and none of these guys are going to be eager to give up the taste of winning.

      Bosh and Deng were both obvious moves. You had to resign Bosh unless you were just tanking the next two years, and Deng’s contract was team friendly on both duration and amount. Now is when Riley gets to justify his reputation.

      • JohnCz

        Considering we likely will be handing the Caviliers our 2015 1st draft pick it made no sense to tank it. Make some money these next two seasons under cap with some familiar faces, give prospects opportunities to break out ond go big in either 2016 or 17.

        • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

          It was top 10 protected. I think top 5 protected 2016. A hard tank job could have given you two high draft picks and oodles of cap room in 2016 for a 2010 type of move with those agreeable rookie contracts lurking about.

          I’m not a fan of tanking, so I much prefer this route.

          • Wes Goldberg

            Pick is top-10 protected next two years, unprotected in 2017. Riley won’t tank and this is actually a pretty good team in the East.

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            Agreed. If they get the right bench and a center, they have a good shot at a top four seed.