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Reports: Luol Deng agrees to two years, $20 million deal with Miami

Jul 13, 2014, 2:46 PM EDT

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Miami isn’t going to be the title contenders they were last season, but they are going to be good. And interesting.

Luol Deng, who had been negotiating with Heat for days but was trying to leverage discussions from Atlanta and Dallas into more, has settled on a deal with Miami, something first reported by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

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

Remember that Deng reportedly turned down a three-year, $30 million extension with the Bulls.

You certainly can’t say Miami has had a good offseason, but Pat Riley has bounced back about as well as can be expected.

The Heat will roll out a starting five of Norris Cole/Shabazz Napier, Dwyane Wade (he will re-sign), Deng, Josh McRoberts, and an overpaid but effective Chris Bosh. That’s a playoff team and a tough out in the first round at least in Miami.

Deng is a strong defender who can get you points as the roll man or cutting off the ball. As a third scoring option he can work.

  1. rrhoe - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    I like the “overpaid but effective Chris Bosh” comment.

    • handsomerob86 - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:07 PM

      He is overpaid, but not as bad as Wade prob will be, and thats the cost of getting a ‘star’ player when your a midmarket team. Welcome back Miami, you don’t have Lebron anymore…

      • bobbybouche305 - Jul 14, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        U do realize Miami won w/o Lebron right???Great weather, beaches, no taxes,and the total opposite of Dolan,Kupcheck, Sterling, Gilbert…..A great Owner and gm…..yeah Miami will be in the lottery now that Lebrons gone….smdh

      • handsomerob86 - Jul 14, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        Lol, you are way overstating Miami’s case. Why? Because the weather is super hot and humid and muggy. Not nice and dry and warm like Cali. Kupcheck has multiple rings on his resume as well, Miami is a much smaller market than LA. You don’t have a superstar Wade or even a still good Shaq anymore. De nile is not just a river in Egypt. Welcome back to Orlando status Miami!

  2. Gordon - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:54 PM

    I think he found out the hard way that $10 mil is about all he’s worth on the open market. He ended up with a worse deal than the Bulls offered him…& a worse team without LeBron.

    • sportsfan18 - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:04 PM

      Gordon

      I know what you said is the truth… because of the thumb downs..

      He turned down $10 million for 3 yrs because he thought he could get more.

      Well, he didn’t get more and he didn’t even get 3 yrs.

      And the Bulls are now better than the Heat so you’re right on all both counts.

      • Gordon - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        I like Deng a lot, but it seemed at the time that he was making a mistake by turning down the 3 year deal. It’s not like he’s going to find a better deal in 2 years, than he has now. He’s on the wrong side of 30, with a ton of minutes racked up.

        I still root for him, except against the Bulls. He seems like a genuinely good dude.

      • money2long - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:48 PM

        do you know at all what it means to be on the wrong side of 30

      • heat256 - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:42 PM

        29 is on the wrong side of 30? What is the right side? 38?

      • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:49 PM

        I don’t know about the Bulls being better than the Heat. Wade is still the best player on both teams. I think we’ll see Wade’s PER go up to 24 or 25 this year. Bosh should be better too. Miami has the guy the Bulls wanted to start at SF too.

  3. remyje - Jul 13, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    the east is still going to stink but it should be more even now

    • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:35 PM

      The West only has two teams. Nobody is afraid of the Clippers or the Warriors or the Rockets or the Blazers.

      I’m not even sure the Cavs should be afraid of the Thunder. LeBron and Irving vs Durant and Westbrook? Ibaka and Verajao? Wiggins and Jackson? Evenly matched, with the slight edge to the Cavs as per Antistratfordian’s Razor i.e. the team with LeBron is usually better.

      Honestly, I’m only wary of the Spurs, but they might not make it out of the West.

      • remyje - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:02 PM

        i know you put your heart and soul into commenting on this website but you’re going to have to stop being so delusional sooner or later…

      • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:38 PM

        You have a problem? What is it?

      • mrhonorama - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:32 PM

        The team with Lebron is usually better, but only twice has it turned out that that team was the best at the end of the season, so Antistratfordian’s Razor is not as reliable as Occam’s.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:42 PM

        Replace your first comma with a period, chuck the rest, and you’re golden.

  4. sportsfan18 - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    Miami still needs a point guard.

    Theirs are all back ups at best.

    • 88heatnation - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      I completely agree. If Miami can get an elite or above to average PG in the upcoming years that can take games over and solid veteran pieces we could be right back in the Finals. Kind of similar to the Blazers, Bosh game will improve since more touches and leadership (Aldridge) Deng’s a good centerpeice All-star defensive stopper (Batum), also D. Wade and solid role players in Haslem, Norris and Mcrob, all we’re missing is that Lillard.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:22 PM

      Now I wonder if Riley would’ve drafted Napier if he didn’t know that LeBron liked him…

      For the record, I like Napier. I definitely wouldn’t want to have to defend him 1-on-1 at the playground. He’ll make you look stupid.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:39 PM

        Sadly, for the Heat, NONE of their upcoming games this season are on on the playground…

      • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        Fortunately for the Heat most guards in this league defend like they’re playing at the playground.

    • turnmymicup - Jul 13, 2014 at 11:58 PM

      Who? Their are no ELITE point guards available for them. This is a solid pick up to fill a hole.

  5. jrs45 - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:07 PM

    remyje,

    You’re right. The West is all about the Spurs and Thunder.

    • remyje - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      only the heat and pacers would have made the playoffs from the east last season if it were the best 16 teams… and we know the pacers weren’t worthy….. so yea the east stinks and the west is way more competitive….

  6. reupjosh - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:09 PM

    When do they resign Rio?! He was the lifeblood for those 4 trips to the finals.

    • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      Cole is under contract and they may not want to carry 3 PGs. Napier is playing in the summer leagues. They may be waiting until they have a better idea of hs readiness for the NBA to decide between him and Rio for the coming year.

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jul 13, 2014 at 8:20 PM

        They’ve re-signed Rio. Please ignore the above

  7. djlexluger - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    I feel like the East will be better next season just a hunch.

    • 88heatnation - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:38 PM

      East will be the same in my opinion. Just a bunch of what if’s with the guards can’t rely on that or just inexperience teams. Like what if Rose come back full strength, Wade’s knees hold up, or D. Will regains after ankle surgeries. Besides that we have the Beals, P. Georges and Derozans yeah they’re good but not on that level yet to completely control and take over.

  8. chillaxbro23 - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    how are the bulls better than the heat you guys are riding on the fact that d rose comes back healthy and returns to all star form not saying you’re not better than us just not by a wide margin.

    • scorp16 - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:39 PM

      You can’t say either team is better. Bulls are going to be there. Miami is as well. Question is who is healthier at playoff time. Rose or Wade?

      • gofinsgoheatfloria - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:07 PM

        maybe add “or Irving” to that

      • casualcommenter - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        Agreed with scorp16.

        Injury questions for the Bulls with Rose, Heat with Wade, Cavs with Varejao (their only option at center), Hawks with Horford, Wizards for Nene, etc.

        A lot of the good East teams have very, very important players with injury concerns.

  9. Miami305 - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:36 PM

    Now that Lebron is gone, DWade is going to flourish once again. He will regain his swagger and carry the team deep into the playoffs. With the addition of Deng, McRoberts and Granger, this Heat team is going to surprise all of us.

    • scorp16 - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:41 PM

      I believe. I think StuGotz does as well. Let’s Go Heat! Let’s Go Heat! Let’s Go Heat!

      • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:19 PM

        I’m a believer as well. People are underestimating not only Wade, but also Bosh and Spo. All of them are very, very good at what they do. It was hard for people to appreciate that with LeBron’s shine obscuring theirs – but Wade and Bosh can ball and Spo can coach.

    • Gordon - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      DWade…the guy that missed 30% of their regular season games & disappeared in the Finals?

      • drewzducks - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:30 PM

        How dare you bring facts into the discussion. Wade’s rapid decline will continue without Lebron to cover for him.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:47 PM

        drew

        yep, facts. love it. while going back and forth with Anti, I included an article about Wade from college on when he had his knee surgery up until now.

        It was from Heat Hoops and it detailed the issues Wade is going through with his knees.

        I feel for him as he’s a great player and it isn’t due to him loafing, not training, coasting etc…

        His knees are bad and they won’t get better, only worse. It’s simply a matter of time and how fast they get worse.

        I want him to be healthy, play and play well as it’s better for us fans when the good guys are playing. More fun that way.

        LBJ played 11,168 regular season min’s the past 4 yrs with the Heat.

        D Wade played 8,614 regular season min’s the past 4 yrs with the Heat.

        Now, LBJ is no longer there and D Wade will not be able to cover for that that loss in either min’s or production.

        His knees won’t allow for it.

    • remyje - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:53 PM

      LMAO troll god

    • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:17 PM

      I agree, 305. Just don’t boo LeBron when he comes back to Miami, okay? He brought some great times to that city – I hope you guys keep it cl.a.s.s.y and give him a warm welcome.

  10. nickjackalson - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:41 PM

    so
    Napier/Cole
    Wade
    Deng
    McBob
    the Bostrich
    are a playoff team? I´m not 100% sold

    • scorp16 - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      Yeah. Actually that is a playoff team. I’m not going as far saying they are an Eastern Conference contender right now. (But Riles does have the Feb trade deadline to work with).

  11. bobbybouche305 - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Pat grab Bledsoe or Lance somhow and Miami plays in ECF against bron Guaranteed!!!!

    • turnmymicup - Jul 14, 2014 at 12:12 AM

      Lance would be a good pick up. If he can get control of the antics. Dude is a problem. Born Ready.

  12. tcclark - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    before the decision four years ago they were talking about the heat as a title favorite. Bosh and wade plus a decent cast around them was a championship contender. They won’t be good in the long run but for a few more years they can compete… at least in the east

  13. bobbybouche305 - Jul 13, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Pat grab Bledsoe or Lance somehow and Miami plays in ECF against bron Guaranteed!!!!

  14. ernwop64 - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    Great signing for Miami Deng is as good a rebound-er and defensive player as James is,they should be better at point with Napier ,Bosh needs to step it up and Wade if healthy will be Great again,Wade had to tailor down his game because James dominated the ball.Miami will be O.K.

  15. stoutfiles - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    He makes more money because of Florida taxes. In two years the cap will go up a bunch and he’ll get 10 mil or more going forward. Overall he’s coming out ahead.

  16. watermelon1 - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Found out the hard way?

    Did you guys ever think MAYBE… JUST MAYBE… He didn’t want to okay for Chicago anymore? Maybe he didn’t enjoy his coach… Or teammates… Or even the city? The fact they traded him away to Cleveland?

    Maybe he likes his chances better on Miami with Wade and Bosh, than in Chicago with Noah and no-knees Derrick Rose. (If they signed Deng, there’s no guarantee they would have been able to get Gasol).

    Chicago better than Miami in their current state? We’ll see. I highly doubt it. Heat probably compete for a top 3 spot in east with Wizards and the NBA’s new pampered baby the Cavs.

    NBA will do everything they can to get Lebron as much help… Starting with allowing a completely one-sided trade that brings Kevin Love to the Cavs for nothing in return.

  17. montrealknowledge - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:34 PM

    2 years is good for him.. Even though he will be older , the cap is going up, and since everyone gets paid for what they DID.. He might be able to get more money in two years.

  18. neelymessier - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    the Heat need depth. The Spurs bench outscored them about 50-15 per game in the finals.

    • heat256 - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

      Felt like 100-15

  19. blueintown - Jul 13, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    That’s a decent starting five, but you have to take into account the “1999 Chicago Bulls Syndrome” factor.

    After Scottie, Michael, and Phil bolted teams salivated at the idea of beating the hell out of the Bulls. It had nothing to do with the roster – although opponents were keenly aware of their limitations – and everything to do with the name on the front of the jersey. The Heat will have to deal with that same thing next season.

    • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      But LeBron is the only one who left. So the Heat should be more like the 1994 Chicago Bulls, who were pretty damn good.

      • blueintown - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:52 PM

        Scottie still had legs attached to his body when MJ left. Wade does not.

        It all depends on Bosh. He’s already stated he doesn’t want to play the physical post game anymore. If his game resembles last year, the Heat are cooked. If he’s willing to play in the post in a manner similar to his first couple of years in Miami, they will be okay.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 7:35 PM

        Pippen PER in 1992-93: 19.2
        Wade PER in 2013-14: 22.0

        How did Wade do that without legs??

      • slowclyde86 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:27 PM

        “How did Wade do that without legs??”

        By playing only 50 games next to one of the all time greats. Good luck with that next year. Or keep pretending the finals was a mirage. His game is built on athleticism and when that goes, it goes quickly.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:44 PM

        He didn’t miss games because he was hurt. The Heat were trying to keep minutes off his legs. He could’ve played 70 games if they wanted him to.

        Wade’s game – like every all-time great – is built off intelligence. They find ways to get things done.

      • sportsfan18 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:56 PM

        Anti

        you continue confusing the PAST with the FUTURE.

        he did NOT say Wade didn’t have legs last season.

        it’s the FUTURE that is in doubt due to Wades knees.

        Oh, yeah, Wade’s PER was higher in your example but Wade missed more than a third of the season, so while his PER was high, his total win shares were low because he was on the bench so much.

        Pippen total win shares 1992/93 8.6

        Wade total win shares 2013/14 5.5

        And I don’t know why that guy picked that yr for Pippen as it was his lowest win share total in a 7 yr stretch. he was at 11 or higher the 2 yrs before 92/93 and over 11 or higher the next 4 seasons after 92/93.

        yes, Wade IS effective… WHEN he’s on the court.

        That PER is great but it doesn’t help them when he’s on the bench.

        Amare Stoudemire had a PER of 22.1 in 2012/13 for the Knicks (which is a tad higher than the 22.0 you listed for Wade last season).

        The trouble for the Knicks was that Amare only played 29 games that season. So even with his great PER, he produced only 2.7 total win shares.

        D Wade is trending in that direction, towards Amareville.

      • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 10:05 PM

        Amare only played 29 games at 23 min a game. Not a good comparison.

        There was nothing wrong with Wade last year. Again, he only missed games because of a Popovichian “maintenance program” not because he was hurt. Only a few of those games were due to something like a knee contusion etc. Otherwise they were just trying something new.

        Why are you so desperate for Wade to fall off the map? It’s amusing.

  20. mazblast - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:52 PM

    I still don’t see even a league-average true center to play defense, rebound, and move Bosh back to the 4, where he’s more comfortable and more effective. Miami’s defense was badly exposed in the finals and i don’t see any improvement so far this off-season. The current front line may score points, but the rest of their game…?

  21. antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Riley is doing one hell of a job under the circumstances, if you ask me. Miami is not going to be easy to beat next year.

    Heat-Cavs ECF. Cavs in 7.

    • unfrozencavemanlawyer2 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:19 PM

      That’s a crazy, stupid prediction. Heat defense is going to suffer. Deng is a good wing defender- but has high mileage. Spolestra will have to re-think the Miami trap and play a bit more traditional defense- but they need some level of rim protection- which they don’t currently have. Wade is at a bad age (32) as well. If he’s going to be counted on as the ‘go to’- teams will feast on his inability to shoot over the top and the lack of explosiveness at the rim. I like what the Heat have done- but that’s a 46- maybe 48 win team, max.

      http://www.gotbuckets.com/2014/03/06/aging-curves-for-wings/

      • antistratfordian - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        46-48 wins? You know the Heat won 47 games the year before Bosh and James arrived. They also had a top 6 defense. And this team is miles better than that team. This Heat team has a few proven championship pieces left. And Spo is a very good defensive coach.

        And Wade didn’t have a problem shooting over the top last season – he posted a career high jumper percentage, which is higher than Kobe’s career high jumper percentage.

        And curves do not necessarily apply to certain special players. First ballot Hall of Famers can usually extend high level play beyond the limits of what is normal, so I’m not too worried about that.

      • unfrozencavemanlawyer2 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:58 PM

        Yep- but this team aint that team.

        Spo is a good coach. But he doesn’t have the defensive talent on hand to pull off a top ten defense this year- no chance. They don’t have nearly enough rim protection or rebounding to offset the loss of LeBron. They were a weak rebounding team with LBJ- their leading rebounder and best defender. Their front line is going to get murdered. I like what they are doing- they’ll give it the old college try and be a tough out in the playoffs- but they are a 1st round or semi-final exit at best.

        Great- don’t worry about Wade’s inevitable decline. Live in the dark- like a mushroom. His best days are over. Father time is undefeated. Curves apply to all players. Players decline when they age- even Wade. Especially with a degenerative knee. His three point shooting was a stellar 28% this past year- and he’s getting to the line at a career low clip of 4.8 FTA’s per game. Meaning he is only able to score from about 12-18 feet out- a range most defense will give up in exchange for protecting the restricted area and running shooters off the arc.

  22. ptownbearsfan420 - Jul 13, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    They’ll be a tough 9th seed I’ll give em that. Oh wait..

  23. unfrozencavemanlawyer2 - Jul 13, 2014 at 9:14 PM

    Heat, Lakers, Bulls, Knicks, etc. these teams seem slow to grasp the new CBA. The team that currently has a top tier star under contract has a decided advantage when it comes to keeping that player. LeBron moved, twice. Bosh moved to join LeBron (then turned down Houston to take more cash with the Heat). Howard turned down the Lakers- and otherwise- the team with the Bird rights who can offer the most money is likely to keep their man. Some of these teams may have to re-think the value of max cap space and start investing a bit more in the draft. Some of the younger teams in the league- Philly, Pelicans, and Orlando- look to be building some quality rosters via the draft and small signings that will be formidable in a few more years.

    • dziner305 - Jul 14, 2014 at 2:01 AM

      I can say one thing: I’ll take the Heat any day over those 3 teams you named above, Philly, Magic, and Pelicans. Over 100 years of existence, these teams have a whooping 1 championship among them…while the Heat, with their concept carry a record of 5 NBA Finals, 3 Championships, including a back-to-back, within a 26-year existence. Whatever the Heat are doing now, the Celtics and the Lakers have done it, it works for them big time. Sports business is about investing to ” stand on the mountain top” and enjoy the ultimate moment…and not the other way around.

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