HoopsHype Luol Deng Buzz Meter

by HoopsHype - Updated: April 17, 2015 | 11:36 AM

Barry Jackson

Even if Deng opts out of $10.1 M, Heat would still be capped out if Dragic re-signs.

Jason Lieser

#Heat hoping to keep potential free agents Goran Dragic & Luol Deng. "We love them; hopefully they love us." heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2015/04/17/spo…

Jason Lieser

Spoelstra on Dragic & Deng (free agents): "We love them. Hopefully they love us."

Ethan J. Skolnick

Spoelstra on Dragic & Deng: "We love them. Hopefully they love us."

Ethan J. Skolnick

Spoelstra says next few weeks will be "torture" as they wait out player decisions (Dragic, Deng) b4 they can do all their planning

Barry Jackson

Link: Dragic on what he can do with Bosh; Deng's candor; Lots of Heat notes; what Barkley told me earlier today: miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/20…

Charlie Villanueva

Big birthday shouts and love to one of my brothers from Day 1 @Luol Deng. It goes way back to Blair Academy H.S. days. A friend forever!!!

Jason Lieser

Haslem led #Heat in charges taken (16) because he eats charges for breakfast. Next: Chalmers 10, Walker 7, G Dragic 7, Deng 5, Hamilton 4.

Demian Belmonte

Feliz 30 cumpleaños para Luol Deng! Su ficha: bit.ly/1GNfUFb

Jason Lieser

Will Wade recruit Deng & Dragic to stay? "Nope. They know. If they want to be here, they'll be here."

Ira Winderman

Heat hopeful for rapid revival, including potential impending free agents Dragic, Deng (another good sign). bit.ly/1b4Gqg7

Ira Winderman

Heat not declaring Wade, Goran, Whiteside, Birdman or Deng out, but you basically can read the writing on the lottery wall.

Jason Lieser

That means #Heat are holding out Wade (knee), G. Dragic (back), Deng (knee) & Whiteside (hand), plus others.

Jason Lieser

Erik Spoelstra wouldn't need to justify laying down tomorrow. Wade, Deng, Whiteside, Haslem, Andersen & others are legitimately injured.

Jason Lieser

#Heat are now in position to get a long summer & come back w/ Dragic, Wade, Deng, Bosh, Whiteside, McRoberts & TBD top-10 pick. That works.

Adi Joseph

Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Luol Deng have combined to miss 65 games this season.

Jason Lieser

Deng told me off the record he will handle it identically to what LeBron did last summer in every way. twitter.com/arod0034/statu…

Jason Lieser

Luol Deng sounds like he's leaning toward sticking w/ #Heat. Here's what he said about The Decision: heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2015/04/14/too…

Ethan J. Skolnick

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

Jason Lieser

Traded Shawne Williams ends the yr as #Heat's top 3pt shooter (100+ att.) at 39.5%. Next: Bosh 37.5%, Napier 36.4%, Deng 35.5%, Walker 32%.

Jason Lieser

Zero #Heat players will appear in every game. Here are the leaders with 1 game left: Chalmers 80, Deng 72, 3. Wade 62, Haslem & Ennis 61.

Jason Lieser

What's #Heat F Luol Deng thinking about his possible free agency this summer? heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2015/04/14/too…

Emiliano Carchia

Heat forward Luol Deng says it's too early to talk about his future sportando.com/en/usa/nba/158…

Barry Jackson

Deng respectfully declined to discuss whether he will exercise $10.1 M option for next season, saying he hasn't thought about it.

Ethan J. Skolnick

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"

Ethan J. Skolnick

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."

Ethan J. Skolnick

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."

Ethan J. Skolnick

Deng attributed his rise in 3-point % to Spoelstra telling him to concentrate on corner. Clearly wants to do more cutting, less spacing.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Luol Deng spoke about "difficult" season finding role but didn't want 2 address opt in. Repeatedly said he loves org, praised medical staff.

Jason Lieser

Luol Deng is optimistic about #Heat's future & loves the organization. Too soon to decide on his player option for next yr, though.

Jason Lieser

Deng corner 3 gives #Heat some relief, up 97-88. But there are still 32.6 seconds left and nothing's secure with them.

Surya Fernandez

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.

Ira Winderman

Heat 33, Magic 22 at end of opening period. Whiteside with nine points, Deng with seven, Dragic with six.

Jason Lieser

Luol Deng was adamant that he's a better 3pt shooter than his stats the last 2 yrs showed. He was right: heatzone.blog.palmbeachpost.com/2014/10/28/luo… He's at 35%.

Joseph Goodman

TONIGHT'S STARTERS Heat (35-45): Deng, Haslem, Whiteside, Wade, Dragić Magic (25-55): Harris, A.Gordon, Vučević, Oladipo, Payton

Surya Fernandez

#Heat starters: Dragic, Wade, Deng, Haslem, Whiteside. #Magic starters: Payton, Oladipo, Harris, Gordon, Vucevic.

Surya Fernandez

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."

Joseph Goodman

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.

Joseph Goodman

Luol Deng, speaking about next season…“when we come back as a group.” Has player option.

Ira Winderman

Luol Deng shaking his head as he prepares to enter.

Jason Lieser

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.

Ethan J. Skolnick

Dragic wraps his arm around Whiteside's waist, then Deng goes over to keep him calm. Ongoing project.

Surya Fernandez

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.

Jason Lieser

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.

Surya Fernandez

#Heat starters: Dragic, Wade, Deng, Haslem, Whiteside. #Raptors starters: Lowry, DeRozan, Ross, Hansbrough, Valanciunas.

Joseph Goodman

TONIGHT'S STARTERS Heat (35-44): Deng, Haslem, Whiteside, Wade, Dragic Raptors (47-32): Ross, Hansbrough, Valanciunas, DeRozan, Lowry

Ryan Wolstat

Wade, Whiteside and Deng will suit up for Heat (with Dragic and Haslem also starting).

Ira Winderman

Usual Heat starters: Whiteside, Haslem, Deng, Dragic Wade. With Bosh, McRoberts, Napier inactive.

Ethan J. Skolnick

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.