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