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5 Reasons Why Miami Heat Overpaid For Luol Deng

5 Reasons Why Miami Heat Overpaid For Luol Deng

NBA Free Agency: 5 Reason the Heat Overpaid Luol Deng
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With the departure of free agent LeBron James, Pat Riley and the Miami Heat wasted no time signing free agent wings Luol Deng and Danny Granger. Here are 5 reasons why the Heat overpaid the forward.

5. Scoring

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5. Scoring

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Although Deng struggled last season with a foot injury, the two- time All-Star appeared in 63 games last season with Chicago and Cleveland. Despite not playing for a title contender, Deng still averaged 16.6 points and six rebounds per game.

4. Fills a Need

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4. Fills a Need

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With the departure of LeBron James, it will be up to the 6-foot-9 Luol Deng and newly acquired wing Danny Granger to prove to fans in South Beach that they both have more good years ahead of them.

3. Rebuilding Quickly

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3. Rebuilding Quickly

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While some believe $ 10 million per year may be too much for the 29-year-old Deng, the two-year deal gives Miami cap flexibility in two years when the likes of Kevin Durant and LaMarcus Aldridge will become free agents. If Riley could convince the King to move to South Beach temporarily, anything is possible.

2. Experience and Leadership

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2. Experience and Leadership

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In Chicago, Deng often led by example while Joakim Noah and Derrick Rose were the vocal leaders. While Deng may become more of a vocal leader in Miami, expect the cagy veteran to continue leading by example with his perimeter defense and ability to attack the basket. The veteran can be a leader for this Miami team that can make the playoffs despite a rebuilding year.

1. Defense

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1. Defense

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After getting handled by the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals, Pat Riley and company addressed a need in perimeter defense with the addition of Deng. While Deng is coming off a foot injury, expect the small forward to immediately improve Miami's perimeter defense.