- POSTED: 14 Jul 2014 06:53
Britain's Luol Deng agreed on a two-year NBA deal worth US$20 million with the Miami Heat, leaving Cleveland to help fill the void left by the departure of LeBron James.
MIAMI: Britain's Luol Deng agreed on Sunday on a two-year NBA deal worth US$20 million with the Miami Heat, leaving Cleveland to help fill the void left by the departure of LeBron James.
Deng, who reportedly could opt out after the first season, is expected to join Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade with the Heat after those stars opted out of their deals but are expected to re-sign with Miami.
Bosh reportedly has a five-year deal worth US$118 million while talks are ongoing between the Heat and Wade to try and keep some of the top talent from the four-time defending Eastern Conference champions.
Deng would fill the small forward role vacated by James, the superstar who announced Friday he was leaving the Heat after four seasons and two NBA titles and returning to the Cavaliers, the hometown team he spurned in 2010 in search of NBA crowns.
Two-time All-Star Deng, 29, spent his 10 NBA seasons with the Chicago Bulls until being traded to the Cavaliers last January after rejecting the Bulls' offer of US$30 million over three years.
Deng, who was born in what is now South Sudan, averaged 16.0 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists last season, connecting on 43 percent of his shots from the floor and 30 percent from 3-point range.
In his time with the Cavaliers, Deng averaged 14.3 points and 5.1 rebounds a game.