Luol Deng officially signed with the Miami Heat, the team announced Tuesday. Deng and the Heat reportedly agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal over the weekend.
“Signing Luol Deng is one of the most important free agent signings that we have ever had in the history of the franchise,” said Heat President Pat Riley in a statement. “He is a proven All-Star and quintessential team player, both as a scorer, as well as an All-NBA defender. He brings the attitude of a warrior and competes every single night against the very, very best. We are thrilled to welcome him to the Heat family.”
Deng and the Heat flirted for most of the offseason, but Miami was able to give him the money he wanted following the departure of LeBron James, who he will replace in the starting lineup.
The 29-year-old swing man is a strong locker room presence who will bring tough defense and a versatile offensive game to the Heat.
Deng was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the middle of the season after spending most of his career with the Chicago Bulls. He averaged 16 points and 5.7 rebounds between both teams last season.