Jan 24, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers forward Luol Deng (9) against the Milwaukee Bucks at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rumors: Miami Heat are Luol Deng's top option

The Miami Heat have lost LeBron James; however this team is still trying to form some variation of a Big Three.

The Heat have already re-signed Chris Bosh, are working on a deal to bring back Dwyane Wade and it’s now being reported by CBS’ Ken Berger that Miami is considered the top option for Luol Deng.

Deng is no LeBron, and Miami won’t be competing for titles with him, Wade and Bosh as the team’s core. But in a horrible Eastern Conference, those three are good enough to make the Heat a lock for the playoffs and capable of winning a round or two once there.

Heat president Pat Riley reportedly met with Deng last week and the small forward made it clear he would not take a discount to play in South Beach.

From ESPN:

Sources told ESPN The Magazine’s Chris Broussard that Deng will not take a salary significantly below his market value, believed to be above $10 million annually, merely to sign with the Heat.

With LeBron out of the picture, Deng won’t be asked to take a pay cut or to even have a diminished role. The small forward will be called upon to be a key contributor on this team, something that likely appeals to him.

Deng is fresh off a solid season with the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers, averaging 16.0 points (43.1 percent shooting from the floor), 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

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  • supereddie68

    Good third option

    • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

      Probably co-third or fourth on a contender, but still a great 2 way player. If you can get him and a center with LeBron’s cap room… well, that doesn’t look like too terrible of a trade.

      • supereddie68


        • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

          Monroe would be a max deal ($14M) or very close to it. Miami isn’t going to have that type of space if they are also going after another difference maker. Besides, Detroit seems like they will match any offer.

          More realistic is Deng and Gasol or maybe Bledsoe (now that Phoenix has Thomas and Dragic) and Ariza.

          • MichaelNupe Thompson

            Gasol is with the bulls now. So if no Monroe then Jordan hill

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            If memory serves, the Lakers gave Jordan Hill a ridiculous $9M contract.

          • MichaelNupe Thompson

            I don’t remember hearing this but will do research

          • disqus_atlq8Zmtsd

            Yeah. 2 years at $9M per year. Its questionable if he is worth half of that.

          • MichaelNupe Thompson

            I just looked on multiple websites and don’t see anything about him being signed

          • MichaelNupe Thompson

            Ok Nvm just saw…. dang

  • WPack911

    I honestly think if the HEAT do this, and can sign Jameer Nelson and a few solid bench guys along with Granger and McRoberts they have a chance to win the East. It won’t be easy, but they certainly could win their division and would for sure be right in there and maybe even beat, Chicago, Cleveland, New York or Indy.

    However unless a fluke team comes out of the West the Finals would be rough. However showing the league they could make the finals without Lebron and win the East would be huge.