HoopsHype Luol Deng rumors

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

The Rockets, sources say, also pursued free agent Luol Deng but appear to have fallen out of contention for the former All-Star, with Miami said to be making progress in its recruitment of Deng after losing LeBron James on Friday. ESPN.com

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