HoopsHype Luol Deng rumors

December 15, 2014 Updates

Deng said before Sunday's game that it wasn't difficult for him watching his former team, and said that he "had to move on," but it was clear from all parties involved that Sunday's affair was a little different because of the circumstances. "I think it's always going to be strange for me facing the Bulls," Deng admitted. "Obviously because it's Chicago, but just the guys on the team. It's still really the same guys. You just got Boozer, Boozer's gone, now it's Gasol instead. But most of the guys it's still really the same faces. It's more than a game with those guys. So when I see them it's friends, it's family, it's guys that I've done a lot with. [They] know a lot about me, I know a lot about them." ESPN.com

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Norris Cole and forward Luol Deng moved a step closer to returning to the court. Both were able to complete Saturday's practice, a day before the Heat faces the Memphis Grizzlies at FedEx Forum. "I'm feeling better, a lot better," Cole said. "I was able to go through more practice. I felt good. We'll see what happens (Sunday)." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

November 18, 2014 Updates

Bosh delivered the dagger — a 3-pointer 1:23 from the end that brought that 11-point lead. He credited Chalmers, who credited coach Erik Spoelstra, who credited everybody — including three rookies (James Ennis, Shabazz Napier and Andre Dawkins) who played together. Miami, on the tail end of a back-to-back, was without Dwyane Wade (hamstring), Luol Deng (wrist) and Josh McRoberts (foot). “We’re going to put the ball in [Chalmers’] hands sometimes, especially late in the game and especially with guys out. We were relying on him a bit and he came through,” said Bosh, who had a key offensive rebound that led to his own jumper, Chalmers assisting, to ignite the key 9-2 streak. New York Post

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Miami forward Luol Deng sustained a hard hit to the arm in the second quarter of Tuesday’s 108-91 loss to the Rockets and might miss time. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said after the game he was unsure whether Deng will be available when Miami visits the Hornets on Wednesday. “He’s not going to make any excuses for it, but he got whacked on the arm and you could see he just wasn’t quite the same in terms of being able to lift his arm and play normal,” Spoelstra said. Palm Beach Post

November 4, 2014 Updates

Defense was never an issue for Heat forward Luol Deng. He knew he would make the adjustment to playing in a new defensive scheme. He’s never had a problem with that side of the ball regardless of where he played. The question during training camp was if Deng, an offseason acquisition, could fit in offensively. It’s early but seems the acclimation process is going smoother than expected. “I think that I am ahead [of schedule] but it’s only been three games,” Deng said. “I really think that it will get better as the season goes on. I’m just starting to play the game and not think too much … You’re at your best when you’re just reacting.” South Florida Sun-Sentinel

October 21, 2014 Updates

There was so much drama here lately, from part-owner Bruce Levenson announcing that he was selling his stake in the team to Danny Ferry‘s highly publicized situation involving his comments about Luol Deng and the firestorm that created. How have you and the other leaders on this team weathered that storm and kept your focus on the tasks ahead? Jeff Teague: We stayed insulated from all of that and just locked in on each other. We’re a good group of guys and we play for one another in that locker room. Coach Bud is a good guy and he’s straight up with us. He keeps everything up front and always treats us like men and tells us what’s going on and all you can do is respect. Me, knowing Danny, he’s a good dude. He’s never said or done anything disrespectful like that to me. So when those things came out I didn’t overreact or think he was a racist or anything like that. It’s a mistake that anybody could make. And he’s dealing with it right now. And hopefully, he can come back from it. NBA.com

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Hawks' forward Elton Brand, a good friend of Deng, said he was prepared to do whatever was necessary. "I was prepared to take a stand, Brand said. "I didn't know if I should be an activist or an advocate or what to do." Brand said Deng expressed his desire to move on, so Brand did the same. Now the Hawks will try and move forward and put a tumultuous offseason behind them. "I feel like we've moved forward already" center Al Horford said. "The situation came about, we met as a team, all our guys came together and we understood that whatever happened, happened." 11Alive.com WXIA TV

September 27, 2014 Updates

Miami Heat forward Luol Deng just wants to move on. He found himself at the center of an unfortunate situation when Atlanta Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry made some racially insensitive remarks about Deng earlier this month. After expressing anger, Deng has since forgiven Ferry. The two recently talked about the remarks. "I think one of the hardest things to do as a human being and something that we should do more often is forgive," Deng said Friday during Heat media day at AmericanAirlines Arena. "I do forgive Danny. It's not something I want to hold onto for the rest of my career or for the rest of my life." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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