The Miami Heat head office have a tougher off-season than any other team in free agency this year as they have nearly every single player on their roster out of contract or have opted out. Well Pat Riley is hard at work right now, looking at players from other teams as well as trying to retain guys from last season.
One name that has been a bit of a surprise for the Heat but has managed to stick around beyond the initial rumor stages of the infant hours of free agency is former Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers swingman Luol Deng.
According to Yahoo! Sports guru Adrian Wojnarowski, the Miami Heat have credible interest in Deng and could work towards a sign-and-trade that puts the Englishman in South Beach this summer.
Sign and Trade
From Woj's report earlier today:
"The Heat have interest in free-agent forward Luol Deng, who is traveling in Europe and may not be available for face-to-face meetings for several days, a source told Yahoo Sports. Miami could try to arrange a sign-and-trade agreement with Cleveland to acquire Deng, but nothing has started in that process, sources said."
There are some conflicting reports about the seriousness of Miami’s interest, but Woj has been all over Pat Riley’s attempts to reach out and establish a connection with Deng which coming from someone as reliable as Wojnarowski is means that the interest is rather serious.
No one is saying the Heat are working on a sign-and-trade but that could be an endgame here as much as losing out on Deng could be as well. Only time will tell what happens with Deng and the Heat and so far it’s looking like the interest in him means something.