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Jul 13, 2014

Heat News: Miami to sign Luol Deng

By on 2:52 PM

The Miami Heat have lost superstar LeBron James, but Pat Riley and company are not going to use that as an excuse. Since James announced his decision to return to Cleveland, the Heat have been nothing but aggressive in the free agent market. After agreeing to bring Chris Bosh back on a five-year max deal, Miami has agreed to terms with forward Luol Deng.

Deng had been searching for a deal worth more than $12 million annually, but apparently has agreed to take his talents to South Beach for less. The Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, and Dallas Mavericks all showed interest in Deng as well.

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The immediate reaction to LeBron leaving for Cleveland was that the next few years could be bad for the Heat. Chris Bosh was supposedly heading to Houston, leaving Miami with only Dwyane Wade and all of his health uncertainty. But Pat Riley the Heat did not give up, as they convinced (or was it the $129 million?) Chris Bosh to stay. Dwyane Wade and Mario Chalmers are currently negotiating new contracts, and the team has added Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger as well.

The Heat may not be the powerhouse team we saw the last four years, but they will not be going away either.

Deng, a two-time All-Star, averaged 16.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Chicago Bulls. Miami has some big shoes to fill at the small forward position, but they are well on their way, as you could do much worse than Luol Deng.

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