Pat Riley got his man… this time.
After reports of being significantly apart in the numbers, the Miami Heat pressed and pressed until Luol Deng couldn’t say no anymore.
Deng was looking for a deal in the $12-$14 million a year range, something the Heat weren’t ready to commit too.
In the end, the “perks” of living in Florida, the chance of a championship and an opportunity to cash in convince d Deng.
Deng chose the Heat believing their returning nucleus and free-agent signings can keep them contending in the Eastern Conference. The absence of state income tax made the Heat’s offer sound financially for him, too
The Heat are reportedly close to bringing back Chris “Birdman” Anderson, as well as resigning franchise foundations Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem.