Miami, FL, United States (4E Sports) – The Miami Heat continued their ‘retooling’ phase after the departure of LeBron James, signing Luol Deng to a two-year, $20 million deal with a player option entering the second year.
Deng, a two-time all-star, will be James’ replacement after reaching an agreement with Heat president, Pat Riley.
Althoug not a superstar like the four-time MVP, he will be a perfect fit to Spoelstra’s defensive scheme and will be an offensive threat.
The Atlanta Hawks, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, and Detroit Pistons tried to lure Deng before his signing with the Heat.
Deng played for the Chicago Bulls before getting traded to the Cavaliers last season.
The 10-year veteran averaged 16 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game playing for both squads.
Now the Heat are waiting on Dwyane Wade’s decision on a likely return to Miami.
Forward Chris Bosh already re-signed with the Heat after James’ decision.
Deng will be joining the Heat’s latest free agent acquisitions, including Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger.