The Miami Heat have an incredibly interesting free agency period ahead of them in the coming weeks.
The Heat will want to be improving on their poor performances in the 2014-15 season where they finished out of the playoffs for the first time in a while.
And they may have to do that without some of their biggest players, with rumors circulating that both Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic may end up leaving the South Beach side for better situations.
One player that is staying, however, is small forward Luol Deng. According to Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press, Deng decided to opt in just a few hours ago as rumors of a potential opt-out circulated.
The days of Deng as a lock-down defender and All-Star level forward are gone, but the Sudanese-born Englishman can still be a starting player in a Top 5.
For the Heat last season, Deng averaged 14 points per game, shot 35 percent from three, and had a PER very close to the league average of 15.5 — but he sadly is not the same player from the Bulls those years ago.
The 31-year old is set to make $10.1 million next season, and despite the sense around the Heat that like Wade he would test the market, Deng decided to opt in and take the cash on the table, believing that the team can be better.
The Heat could use him as a trade chip however, if they felt that way inclined. They somehow managed to snag Justise Winslow in the Draft and the former Duke Blue Devil could step into the starting spot potentially straight away on a team with veteran talent and leadership.