Great British Basketball player Luol Deng has joined the Miami Heat as a free agent after 10 years in the NBA. Deng's contract is believed to be two years at $20 million with a player option after the first year.
Deng has previously played for the Chicago Bulls and Cleveland Cavaliers, but seeing NBA MVP LeBron James go back to his home of Cleveland has urged the Florida outfit to make a move for the Brit.
Among Chicago's all-time franchise leaders, Deng ranks fourth in points, fifth in field goals made, sixth in games played and three-point field goals made and eighth in free throws made and offensive rebounds.
The 29-year-old was a member of the 2012 Great Britain team for the London Olympics, and Miami president Pat Riley believes that Deng is one of the most important free agent signings in the franchise's history:
'He is a proven All-Star and quintessential team player, both as a scorer, as well as an All-NBA defender," Riley said in announcing Deng's arrival.
"He brings the attitude of a warrior and competes every single night against the very, very best. We are thrilled to welcome him to the Heat family, ' the statement published on the Miami Heat's official website continued.
"Luol Deng is one of the most important free agent signings that we have ever had in the history of the franchise."
Miami guard Dwayne Wade has also signed on with the team, and will join Deng at the Heat next year alongside Chris Bosh who was another to re-sign with the team in the aftermath of LeBron James' shock departure.
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