May 5, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (center) holds his fourth MVP trohpy next to head coach Erik Spoelstra (left) and Heat president Pat Riley (right) at the American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Pat Riley: Luol Deng ‘one of most important’ signings in Heat history

The roster for the Miami Heat has quickly come together following LeBron James taking his talents back to Cleveland after a successful four-year run in South Beach and two NBA titles.

Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade re-signed after opting out of their deals earlier this offseason and the team announced they have re-signed point guard Mario Chalmers and veteran power forward Udonis Haslem, but according to team president Pat Riley, the most important signing was Luol Deng.

Deng comes to Miami to replace James after James went to Cleveland where Deng was the Cavaliers’ small forward after a midseason trade from the Chicago Bulls. Riley’s statement on the two-year deal for the two-time All-Star takes a not-so-subtle shot at James.

High praise for Deng to be sure, but would any other general manager, president or coach make a statement like this about him?

It’s easy to see that Riley is taking a jab at James for what he would refer to as running away when things got rough and not sticking it out and trying to win with his teammates.

The first meeting between the Heat and Cavaliers was already going to be must-see TV, but with Riley’s comments today, can we please get a playoff series between these two teams who figure to be among the top two-three challengers in the Eastern Conference?

Tags: Lebron James Luol Deng Miami Heat Pat Riley

  • Real M-Fing talk !!!

    WTF? is everything someone does you disagree with, considered trolling or being Hater ?,…. like Pat “i finally was forced to do work” Riley said… get a fudging grip…. Pat “fire hazard” Riley said it’s “ONE” of the most important signings in Heat’s history NOT the MOST important signing in Heat history and Riley is right !
    Last time i checked you can have multiple important signings in a franchise’s history, considering the type of team Riley was looking at next year, coming off the high of 4 straight finals, having to overpay a Dinosaur hatchling to keep a familiar reptile around to trick fans into believing the team is still good. This Deng signing is very important, if ONLY for name recognition…. You have Bosh who believes he can be the “man” on a winning team, while battling with the lengend of Wade’s past, who believes he’s still great, and now that he doesn’t have to sacrifice anymore he can prove it…. Riley needed Deng at the wing to take the load off those guys, a dependable vetern presence. The heat will still be terrible because Wade and Bosh haven’t seen consistent double teams in years… double the Lizard and force McRoberts, Deng and Wade if he is playing to beat you