Ex-Bulls star Luol Deng meeting with former rival

Ex-Bulls star Luol Deng meeting with former rival
July 5, 2014, 1:45 pm
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Former Bulls' two-time All-Star small forward Luol Deng is meeting with his old team's rival, the Heat, Saturday afternoon in Chicago, a person with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to CSNChicago.com.

The meeting with Miami team president Pat Riley at a downtown hotel, which was first reported by ESPN, represents just one of several potential landing spots for Deng, one of the most coveted free agents on the market, even after an uneven second half of the regular season in Cleveland, which drafted Kansas swingman Andrew Wiggins with the No. 1 overall draft pick last month.

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While his decision hasn't received the attention of small-forward counterparts like Carmelo Anthony and league MVP LeBron James, Deng, who recently returned to his Chicago home from a trip to Europe, has multiple suitors.

Teams like Dallas and Atlanta view Deng, who was traded from the Bulls to the Cavaliers in January, as a player that can make them a contender, while other clubs, such as the Clippers and aforementioned Heat, see him as the piece to the puzzle that could put them over the top, though they don't have great financial flexibility to meet his price range and could have to engage in a sign-and-trade maneuver to be able to make the acquisition.

Other squads like Washington, New Orleans and Charlotte are also possibilities, but with the looming decisions of James and Anthony dominating not only headlines, but the attention of league front offices, players from established veterans like Deng to fringe NBA players must play the waiting game.