2014 Eastern Conference Champions!

Miami Heat Sign Luol Deng to 2-Year, $20M Deal

Luol Deng will take over the starting role previously held by LeBron James.

By Larry Walansky
|  Sunday, Jul 13, 2014  |  Updated 2:47 PM EDT
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Miami Heat Sign Luol Deng to 2-Year, $20M Deal

Getty Images

Luol Deng finished the 2013-14 season with Cleveland

The Miami Heat have signed Luol Deng to a 2 year, $20 million deal, according to a report by Yahoo! Sports.

With LeBron James exiting Miami to reunite with the Cleveland Cavaliers, Deng will fill the glaring hole for a starting forward.

Deng enjoyed years of success with the Chicago Bulls before a trade sent him to Cleveland during this past season. When he put on a Cavs jersey, the tide turned a bit for Deng and he struggled. At only 29, he should still have more in the tank for his new team however.

There was competition for Deng's services with the Houston Rockets in the mix as well. The Rockets had money to burn after losing out on Chris Bosh. Prior to Bosh re-signing with Miami, the Rockets traded Jeremy Lin to the Los Angeles Lakers to open up payroll room.

Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem are both expected back once the veterans finalize new contracts. The Heat will also need to sign several more players to round out the roster and complete a revamped bench.

Get the latest headlines sent to your inbox!
View Comments (
)
|
Email
|
Print
Leave Comments
What's New
Get Our New iPad App
Now optimized for iPad, NBC 6 connects... Read more
Follow Us
Sign up to receive news and updates that matter to you.
Send Us Your Story Tips
Check Out