While the Heat missed out at keeping LeBron James and potentially landing Carmelo Anthony, Pat Riley sought out a former Bull to fill the void at small forward in Miami.
According to Yahoo Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, Luol Deng and the Heat have agreed to terms on a 2-year, $20 million deal. The second year of the deal is reportedly a player option.
Free agent forward Luol Deng has agreed to a two-year, $20 million deal with the Miami Heat, league source tells Yahoo Sports.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 13, 2014
Deng started the 2013-14 season with the Bulls but played just 23 games, averaging 19 points and nearly 7 rebounds per game. The veteran forward was then dealt on January 6th to the Cleveland Cavaliers for center Andrew Bynum and three future draft picks in an effort to clear cap space. Deng's numbers dropped after his trade to the Cavs as he averaged 14 points and 5 rebounds per game over a 40-game stretch.
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For Miami, Deng fills a major hole in their starting lineup and the short contract allows the Heat to be major players again in free agency in the upcoming offseasons.