Even if Deng opts out of $10.1 M, Heat would still be capped out if Dragic re-signs.
Spoelstra on Dragic & Deng (free agents): "We love them. Hopefully they love us."
Spoelstra on Dragic & Deng: "We love them. Hopefully they love us."
Spoelstra says next few weeks will be "torture" as they wait out player decisions (Dragic, Deng) b4 they can do all their planning
Will Wade recruit Deng & Dragic to stay? "Nope. They know. If they want to be here, they'll be here."
Heat not declaring Wade, Goran, Whiteside, Birdman or Deng out, but you basically can read the writing on the lottery wall.
Erik Spoelstra wouldn't need to justify laying down tomorrow. Wade, Deng, Whiteside, Haslem, Andersen & others are legitimately injured.
Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Luol Deng have combined to miss 65 games this season.
Follow on last nt's Deng tweets: if he wants to b cutter, not spacer, he's a better fit next to Bosh-McRoberts frontline than Whiteside-Bosh
Deng respectfully declined to discuss whether he will exercise $10.1 M option for next season, saying he hasn't thought about it.
Final quote from Deng: "I love this organization. It's been top-class everything. I've had 1 of my healthiest yrs. Med staff has been great"
Deng about spacing: "I don't really like to be staying still. It's not my strength. I could shoot a high % but I'm not per se a shooter."
Luol Deng: "The biggest thing for me has been consistency. There's been times we've moved the ball & I've been able to do what I do."
Deng attributed his rise in 3-point % to Spoelstra telling him to concentrate on corner. Clearly wants to do more cutting, less spacing.
Luol Deng spoke about "difficult" season finding role but didn't want 2 address opt in. Repeatedly said he loves org, praised medical staff.
Heat find little resistance in the paint and lead the Magic 33-22 at the end of the 1st quarter. Whiteside led the team with 9, Deng with 7.
Heat 33, Magic 22 at end of opening period. Whiteside with nine points, Deng with seven, Dragic with six.
TONIGHT'S STARTERS Heat (35-45): Deng, Haslem, Whiteside, Wade, Dragić Magic (25-55): Harris, A.Gordon, Vučević, Oladipo, Payton
Luol Deng: "We're disappointed with the way we played. We've given away some games. We had the opportunity to make it happen and we didn't."
Don't understand all this criticism of Luol Deng by Heat fans. He was the Heat's most consistent role player, averages didn't drop.
Luol Deng, speaking about next season…“when we come back as a group.” Has player option.
Luol Deng shaking his head as he prepares to enter.
Deng & Haslem both went to Whiteside at foul line to calm him down, and he still was jabbering at the ref while going into his FT routine.
Dragic wraps his arm around Whiteside's waist, then Deng goes over to keep him calm. Ongoing project.
Deng doing a little bit of everything out on the floor in the first quarter. He has six points and six rebounds in 11 minutes.
For the frustrated-with-Deng crowd: What exactly were you expecting? He's had a solid yr, and I believe Heat will be happy to have him back.
TONIGHT'S STARTERS Heat (35-44): Deng, Haslem, Whiteside, Wade, Dragic Raptors (47-32): Ross, Hansbrough, Valanciunas, DeRozan, Lowry
Wade, Whiteside and Deng will suit up for Heat (with Dragic and Haslem also starting).
Usual Heat starters: Whiteside, Haslem, Deng, Dragic Wade. With Bosh, McRoberts, Napier inactive.
How beaten down r Heat? When I asked Deng if he'd thought about potential of 15-16 lineup, he said no 1 could assure avoiding injury again.