HoopsHype Luol Deng rumors

July 15, 2014 Updates

Luol Deng: It's official. I'm really looking forward to this new chapter with a special organization. I'm excited to have an opportunity to play here and contribute to the culture of success. Thank you to all the fans that have supported me and the new ones welcoming me to Miami. #Shukran Instagram

The Miami HEAT announced today that they have signed forward Luol Deng. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. “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. “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.” NBA.com

July 14, 2014 Updates

“The whole process, it was strange. Nothing really happened the way we expected it to, and Lu being the professional that he was, he made the best out of every possible situation that he was put in. He didn’t want to rush through the process. He wanted to hear everything out and kind of look at every option, and look at the pros and cons of each option, and move forward from there. The Bulls’ offer when he was traded to Cleveland, it was a take-it-or-leave-it offer. In this situation, we still had options. Luol had choices to make. He made them. He decided this, and at the end of the day, while it’s $10 million, there’s no state income tax. So maybe you gain about a million dollars in that. But at the same time, it gives him options. He’s a free agent at the end of this year, and it gives him the opportunity to play out a year healthy, to play out a year in a situation where he can be highlighted,” agent Ron Shade told CSNChicago.com. "So what’s in the past is in the past. The Bulls’ offer is the Bulls’ offer. Whether it’s good, bad or indifferent, at that time, we didn’t feel it was the right offer to accept for Lu and right now he’s happy with the decisions that he’s made, and he knows it’s going to be great to help him further his career.” NBCSports.com

The Miami Heat continued to recover nicely from the departure of LeBron James, agreeing Sunday to sign free agent small forward Luol Deng to a two-year, $20 million deal. A person with knowledge of the deal confirmed it to USA TODAY Sports, but spoke on the condition of anonymity because it had not yet been announced. The second year of Deng's deal is a player option. USA Today Sports

July 13, 2014 Updates

The Miami Heat spent much of Saturday working to finalize a deal with free-agent swingman Luol Deng, according to sources close to the process. Sources told ESPN.com that Miami is the closest thing to a frontrunner in the chase for Deng in the wake of LeBron James' blockbuster announcement that he's returning to his home-state Cleveland Cavaliers. ESPN.com

Sam Amick: Final Luol Deng update for tonight: Atlanta talks revived & quickly died down, & Dallas has L. Stephenson over Deng on priority list, so Miami situation is clearly best option for Deng – on paper. Question of Deng’s comfort level is big here.Phx interest minimal. Regarding Dallas situation: the unstated premise there is that Houston matches on Chandler Parsons and Mavs go shopping for its Plan B (C?). More tomorrow Twitter @sam_amick

The Heat, sources say, want to do a two-year deal with Deng in the $20 million range to team him with the freshly re-signed Chris Bosh and soon-to-be-reupped Dwyane Wade. ESPN.com

July 12, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: ESPN sources say Phoenix has tried to force its way into the Luol Deng bidding tonight. Miami has been pressing all day for deal with Deng Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

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