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9 Luol Deng SF
Height/Weight: 6-9/220 | Birthdate: 4/16/1985 | Birthplace: Wau, Sudan | Team: Miami Heat | College: Duke | NBA Experience: 11 | Owned/Started%: 91/53 | Average Draft Position: 73.99
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Heat SF Luol Deng decides to remain with team


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/29/2015) In a surprise move, Heat forward Luol Deng decided to remain with the team, per the Sun Sentinel, opting in to his contract Monday when most experts thought he would opt-out and become a free agent.

Deng's agent, Herb Rudoy, confirmed the move. He will make $10.2 million next season for the Heat. Deng averaged 14 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while shooting a solid 46.9 percent from the floor. He also hit 35.5 percent from beyond the arc, his best since the 2011-12 season.

"He thinks the team is going to be terrific," Rudoy said. 


Heat hoping SF Luol Deng exercises player option


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) The Heat are awaiting anxiously the decision of small forward Luol Deng, who has a player option of $10.2 million on the table and could opt for free agency instead.

Deng expressed his appreciation for the organization last month and said he would like to remain in Miami, but added that he had yet to decide on his immediate future.

Much pressure fell on Deng last year as the replacement for LeBron James, particularly after Heat president Pat Riley described him as one of the most important free agent signings in franchise history.

Deng averaged 14 points and 5.2 rebounds per game while shooting a solid 46.9 percent from the floor. He also hit 35.5 percent from beyond the arc, his best since the 2011-12 season. And he impressed Erik Spoelstra in the process.

"Lu's a very unique player - you can't put him in a specific box," he told the Palm Beach Post. "He's a great off-the-ball, active, energy-type guy, and when you have more playmakers out there, the better he looks and the better he makes those guys look. When we put all that together, you'll see a more comfortable, confident, aggressive Luol Deng."

That could be the rub. Deng might need to be assured that the 37-win Heat will make the necessary moves to vault back into contention before he makes a commitment to stay.


Heat will not start Dragic, Wade, Deng, Whiteside on Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) The Heat will open Wednesday's season-finale game at Philadelphia with their 31st starting lineup of the season, the team announced.

The 31 different starting lineups are a franchise record for the Heat with 20 different players starting at least one game for the Heat this season.

The Heat will keep guards Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic, forward Luol Deng and center Hassan Whiteside out of the game. The starting lineup will consist of Tyler Johnson, James Ennis, Henry Walker, Zoran Dragic and Michael Beasley.

The Heat are 1 1/2-point underdogs.


Heat forward Luol Deng not thinking about next season's option


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/14/2015) With Heat forward Luol Deng able to opt out of his contract after the season, he said he has not decided if he'll exercise the option, reports the Palm Beach Post.

"We're talking about it early; I'm not thinking about it yet," Deng said. "We could go to Philly and win and the other teams lose and I'm here talking to you about opting in or opting out, then all of a sudden I've gotta get my mind right for the Atlanta series. I really don't want to go there yet. When the season's over and I sit down and relax, I can start thinking about that stuff."

Although Deng remains undecided on his option, he said he has enjoyed playing for the Heat.

"I love this organization," Deng said. "It's been top-class and everything. I've had one of my healthiest years. It was never anything serious. I've felt great about the medical staff."


Wade, Whiteside, Andersen, Deng all probable for Heat on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/11/2015) The Heat have released their injury report for Saturday against the Raptors and centers Hassan Whiteside (right hand laceration) and Chris Andersen (left foot sprain), forward Luol Deng (left knee sprain) and guard Dwyane Wade (hip/knee pain) are all probable, according to the Miami Herald.

The Heat are 3.5-point favorites against the Raptors.

Heat will have all available players ready for Thursday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said every available player will be active for Thursday's game against the Bulls, reports Bleacher Report.

The Heat had listed forward Michael Beasley and guard Mario Chalmers as questionable because both were dealing with illnesses, but they will be available Thursday.

Meanwhile, forward Luol Deng (knee), centers Chris Andersen (foot) and Hassan Whiteside (hand) were listed as probable and all three have been cleared to play Thursday.

The Heat are 1 1/2-point underdogs.


Heat list five players on injury report for Thursday's game vs. Bulls


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) The Heat listed five players on the injury report for Thursday's game against the Bulls, reports the Sun Sentinel.

Forward Michael Beasley (illness/knee) and guard Mario Chalmers (illness) are listed as questionable for the game, while center Chris Andersen (foot), forward Luol Deng (knee) and center Hassan Whiteside (hand) are considered probable.


Heat's' Wade, Dragic, Whiteside, Andersen, Deng intend to play Wednesday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/7/2015) Guards Dwyane Wade (knee) and Goran Dragic (back), centers Hassan Whiteside (hand) and Chris Anderson (foot), and forward Luol Deng (foot) are expected to play for the Heat on Tuesday, the team has announced.

The Heat are 6.5-point favorites against the Hornets on Tuesday.

Wade, Dragic among long list of banged-up Heat


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(4/6/2015) In advance of Tuesday's huge game against the Hornets, the Heat listed seven players as probable, including Dwyane Wade (knee) and Goran Dragic (back), per the Miami Herald

They join Zoran Dragic, Udonis Haslem Mario Chalmers, Tyler Johnson and Henry Walker on the probable list, while Hassan Whiteside (hand) and Luol Deng (knee) are listed as questionable.

However, with the Heat desperately trying to snag the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, expect most of the team's walking wounded to play. 


MRI Monday for Heat F Luol Deng (knee), season may be over


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/5/2015) Heat small forward Luol Deng will undergo an MRI Monday on his left knee as his season may be over, reports the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

Deng injured the knee a little over than a week ago and reaggravated it in a game on March 29.

Luol Deng and Hassan Whiteside score 17 each in loss to Cavs


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Heat small forward Luol Deng and center Hassan Whiteside each chipped in 17 points in a 114-88 loss to the Cavaliers on Thursday.

In addition to a solid scoring night, Deng added eight rebounds and two assists. Whiteside contributed eights rebounds to his 17 points scored.


Heat's Wade, Haslem questionable; Deng good to go vs. Cavs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/2/2015) Heat guard Dwyane Wade and forward Udonis Haslem missed morning shootaround due to illness, leaving them questionable for Thursday night's contest against the Cavaliers, according to the Miami Herald and the Sun Sentinel.

Luol Deng, who missed Tuesday's game against the Spurs with a knee issue, took part in shootaround. He told reporters he will suit up and guard LeBron James on Thursday.

Miami is a 9 1/2-point underdog at Cleveland, per VegasInsider.com.


Heat rule Napier out Thursday; Deng will be game-time decision


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Heat guard Shabazz Napier (hip) will not accompany the team to Cleveland and he will not play in Thursday's game at Cleveland, reports the Sun Sentinel.

Meanwhile, a knee contusion has forward Luol Deng considered a game-time decision Thursday. Deng suffered the injury during Sunday's contest and he was not able to play Tuesday or practice Wednesday.


Heat rule Napier, Haslem, Deng out of Tuesday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) The Heat listed guard Shabazz Napier (hip), forwards Udonis Haslem (flu) and Luol Deng (knee) as out for Tuesday's game against the Spurs, the team announced

Forwards James Ennis and Henry Walker should receive more playing time as a result of the absences.

The Heat are 8 1/2-point underdogs.


Heat unveil lengthy injury report for Tuesday's game vs. Spurs


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2015) The Heat have six players listed as questionable, probable or doubtful for Tuesday's game against the Spurs, reports the Miami Herald.

The following players are listed as questionable: Chris Andersen (calf), Michael Beasley (elbow), Luol Deng (knee) and Hassan Whiteside (hand).

Meanwhile, guard Dwyane Wade is considered probable with a knee issue, while guard Shabazz Napier is doubtful with a hip injury.


Heat F Luol Deng suffers left knee contusion during Sunday's game


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Heat forward Luol Deng was forced to exit Sunday's game against the Pistons after he sustained a left knee contusion, the team announced.

Deng has been ruled out for the remainder of the game. Deng played 18 minutes and scored four points before leaving with the injury.

After the game, coach Erik Spoelstra said Deng bruised his knee a few days ago and he re-aggravated it Sunday, reports the Palm Beach Post.


Heat forward Luol Deng doubles up Hawks in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) Heat small forward Luol Deng scored 17 points on 7 of 15 shooting, including 0 of 4 from 3-point range, in Miami's 99-86 loss to the Hawks Friday.

Deng also pulled down 10 rebounds, leading to his first double-double since late January and fourth overall on the season. Deng also added one block, one assist and one steal to his totals.


Luol Deng becoming three-point threat again for Heat


(3/19/2015) Heat forward Luol Deng has reemerged as a three-point weapon this season, shooting 38 percent from long distance, his best since 2009-10, reports the Sun Sentinel.

"I'm going with the system, to be honest," Deng said. "It's just how we play here. When we move the ball, we've got to fill in spots. If you're a long-range shooter, it kind of opens the floor."

With Dwyane Wade and recently acquired Goran Dragic drawing defenders, Deng has been open for more three-point opportunities.

Overall, Deng is averaging 14.4 points and 5.0 rebounds per game.


Heat clear Luol Deng (quad), Hassan Whiteside (ankle) to play Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) The Heat announced forward Luol Deng and center Hassan Whiteside will start in Monday's game against the Celtics.

Deng has been dealing with a quad issue, which caused him to miss the last two games. An ankle issue caused Whiteside to miss Saturday's contest.

The Heat are 2 1/2-point favorites.


Heat list Dragic, Deng, Whiteside as game-time decisions Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) The Heat are listing guard Goran Dragic (back), forward Luol Deng (quad) and center Hassan Whiteside (ankle) as game-time decisions for Monday's game against the Celtics, reports the Palm Beach Post.

All three players missed Saturday's win over the Kings with their injuries. The Heat are 3-point favorites at home against the Celtics.


Heat F Luol Deng (thigh) ruled out vs. Sacramento


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Heat forward Luol Deng will not play Saturday night at home against Sacramento because of a right thigh contusion, per the team's official website.

Deng has now missed back-to-back games with the issue. Udonis Haslem is a candidate to draw the start in his place. Deng is averaging 14.6 points and 5.0 rebounds per contest this season.

Miami is a 4 1/2-point home favorite, per VegasInsider.com.


Heat's Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng ruled out against Wizards


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) The Heat announced that guard Dwyane Wade and forward Luol Deng will not play against the Wizards Friday night. 

Wade has a sore right hip and Deng has a right thigh contusion. 

The depleted Heat will likely see a lot of minutes from Tyler Johnson, who is starting. Goran Dragic will likely be asked to contribute a lot more than normal. 


Heat F Luol Deng (thigh) downgraded to doubtful


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Heat coach Erik Spoelstra announced that forward Luol Deng has been downgraded to doubtful for Friday night's game against the Wizards due to his thigh injury, according to the Miami Herald

Deng sustained a deep thigh bruise during Wednesday's 100-94 win over the Lakers. 

Forward Chris Andersen and guard Mario Chalmers are questionable. 


Heat list Deng, Andersen, Chalmers questionable at Washington


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) The Heat listed Luol Deng, Chris Andersen and Mario Chalmers all questionable for Friday's contest against the Wizards in Washington, per the team's official website.

Deng is dealing with a deep thigh bruise, while Chalmers and Andersen are both dealing with what the Heat are calling "general soreness."

Miami is a 5-point underdog at Washington, per VegasInsider.com.


Heat SF Luol Deng dealing with deep thigh bruise


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Heat small forward Luol Deng was treated for a deep thigh bruise after Wednesday's 100-94 win over the Lakers, ESPN.com reports.

Deng played 35 minutes in the win, scoring 15 points on 5 of 11 shooting but missing all four of his three-point attempts. He also hauled in six rebounds in the win. The team is off Thursday before facing the Wizards Friday.

Deng will likely be re-evaluated in the morning to check on whether he's dealing with extensive swelling in the thigh.