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Hot Hot Hoops Jul 13, 2016

Revamped Heat squad all of a sudden looks young, versatile

The departure of Dwyane Wade and other key pieces from last season has opened up opportunities for recent free agent newcomers. Exit Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng and Joe Johnson. Enter Derrick Williams, Wayne Ellington, and James Johnson? These names are probably not going to excite you. However you better get familiar with them because there are some of the names that the Miami Heat have just added to their roster. After the shocking departure of the most important player in franchise history in Wade, coupled with veterans Deng and Johnson moving on, Miami was left to relatively start over. I...
Hot Hot Hoops Jul 8, 2016

Heat sign free agent Derrick Williams

This move represents a low-risk move to sign a young forward after starting forwards Luol Deng and Joe Johnson left in free agency. The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported today that the Miami Heat have agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with free agent forward Derrick Williams. Free agent forward Derrick Williams has agreed to a one-year, $5M deal with Miami, league source tells @TheVertical. — Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojVerticalNBA) July 8, 2016 Williams sees how Miami culture under Erik Spoelstra has improved value of players and deal gives him chance to get back on market in...

Luol Deng thanks Heat for 'an amazing two years'

Luol Deng left the Miami Heat for better financial terms. He also left on the best of terms. A day after agreeing to a four-year, $72 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers, Deng made a point of making a point to the Heat and the team's fans. Posting on Instagram along with a picture of himself...

Luol Deng thanks Miami Heat, fans with Instagram post

In case you don't live on social media and missed it, former Heat forward Luol Deng, who agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers, thanked the Miami Heat and their fans late Sunday night for...

NBA Free Agency: After agreeing to sign with the Lakers, Luol Deng went to a Sparks game

Great basketball players enjoy great basketball The Los Angeles Lakers’ third big move of free agency (after signing Timofey Mozgov to a four-year, $64 million deal and re-signing Jordan Clarkson for four years at $50 million) was to solidify their wing rotation with the addition of Luol Deng. The Miami Heat unrestricted free agent agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal with the Lakers on Saturday morning in what will (probably) be the team’s last big move of free agency. Deng coming aboard provides the Lakers with numerous lineup options. He will save rookie Brandon Ingram from...

Luol Deng’s classy goodbye to Heat, South Florida

Luol Deng was one of the most misunderstood players in recent Heat history. He was their most consistent player the past two years and did a disproportionate amount of dirty work without ever complaining. ...

Luol Deng's true value will be helping the Lakers' grow

Los Angeles needs veterans, and they got a great one on the second day of free agency. The Los Angeles Lakers seem to be throwing everyone for a loop this offseason. A franchise known to seek out big names has thrown major long-term money at aging veterans. The Lakers handed out $64 million to Timofey Mozgov and followed up with a $72 million contract for Luol Deng. While many see these contracts as a sign of desperation for the franchise, the Deng signing is actually one that will benefit the Lakers both immediately and in the long run. Deng is a 12-year NBA veteran with a great reputation...

Lakers Free Agency: No team options on Timofey Mozgov, Luol Deng contracts

Both players look to be here for the long haul. Every contract in free agency this offseason is going to be an overpay. With the rapid ascent of the cap, teams had more money to spend than they knew what to do with. Even with that said, the four-year deals the Lakers just handed out to Timofey Mozgov and Luol Deng were widely seen as bigger overpays than most, which left many fans hoping that the final years of the two deals would be team options. That isn’t the case, according to Sam Amick of USA Today, who reported on Twitter Saturday afternoon that both Mozgov and Deng’s contracts...
Analysis: Lakers are paying a premium for Timofey Mozgov, Luol Deng to help establish structure around their young core

Analysis: Lakers are paying a premium for Timofey Mozgov, Luol Deng to help establish structure around their young core

Disappointment is only natural when your team enters the offseason with hopes of signing Kevin Durant, but spends $136 million on Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov instead. For four years, the Lakers have struggled to adjust their expectations to match...

Deng to Lakers, Joe Johnson to Jazz; Wade contract still at issue

It's either Chris Bosh and Kevin Durant to the rescue for the Miami Heat or an oversized void at forward going into next season. Hours after Heat starting small forward Joe Johnson reached agreement on a two-year, $22 million contract with the Utah Jazz, Heat starting power forward Luol Deng agreed...
SLC Dunk Jul 2, 2016

NBA Free Agency 2016: 22 ways Joe Johnson can help the Utah Jazz

A way for every million the Utah Jazz are going to spend on him! Last night the Utah Jazz did something. I know, I'm as surprised as you are to see news come out of Utah during the first 24 hours of NBA Free Agency. But it's clear that General Manager Dennis Lindsey is not screwing around, and made good on his vow to be active. A number of names were swirling around the rumor mill, Solomon Hill, Jared Dudley, we may yet still see Luol Deng [Ed. Note -- When I started writing this Deng was still a FA]  . . . but one name no one was hearing ended up signing with Utah. Who? Some...

Lakers, veteran Luol Deng agree to four-year, $72 million contract

The Lakers landed an established veteran that could inject both talent and leadership to complement their young roster. The Lakers and Luol Deng agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal, according to league sources. Deng had extensive conversations...

NBA Free Agency: Lakers sign Luol Deng to 4-year, $72 million contract

Luol Deng is headed to the Lakers. The Los Angeles Lakers landed their free agent wing. Luol Deng has agreed to join the purple and gold on a four-year, $72 million contract, reports Shams Charania of The Vertical. The Lakers were very clearly in the market to add a veteran forward to their team and landed just that. Deng, 31, should provide the kind of veteran leadership on and off the court a very young Lakers team could use. There are definitely reasons to be concerned about his long-term fit with the Lakers due to his injury history, age and contract length, but those things will have...
Hot Hot Hoops Jul 2, 2016

Could Udonis Haslem be the next Miami Heat player to jump ship?

An almost unthinkable outcome could become reality soon. The gigantic increase in the NBA salary cap this summer has been both a blessing and a curse to different NBA teams. While the Miami Heat were fortunate to retain the services of starting center Hassan Whiteside, they were forced to offer him the max in order to prevent him from walking away. But starters Luol Deng and Joe Johnson have now departed for greener pastures, with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Utah Jazz, respectively, offering them big bucks to lure them away. Now it appears that not just one Heat Lifer but two of them...

Heat’s Luol Deng agrees to $72 million deal with Lakers

As expected, Luol Deng won’t be back with the Heat next season. Deng agreed to a four-year, $72 million deal with the Los Angeles Lakers this morning. He started for Miami the past two seasons and ...

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