By Ethan Rees on July 15, 2014
After missing out on the services of LeBron James, the Miami Heat had to make moves quickly. His move back to Cleveland shook up the entire NBA and sent the the Heat on a frenzy to try and sign some more players. It clearly wasn't their ideal scenario, but they do have to move on. Here are five things that can be taken away from the addition of Luol Deng.
Let's be honest; the Miami Heat could have ended up with no one in the end. Chris Bosh said he was leaving if LeBron did, but the money talked as they inked a deal shortly after. Yeah they lost King James, but they were able to fill their roster with decent players. If they were able to sign Luol Deng they would have been in a much tougher spot.
A lot of people think they overpaid for Luol Deng, but the positve side of the deal is they are only locked in for two years. He provides a short-term solution for a team in desperate need of a small forward. Luol Deng is also a lockdown defender, and he will be able to help spread the floor for Bosh and Wade.
LeBron James making the move back to the Cavaliers left an obvious crater in their roster. They signed Danny Granger last week, but getting Luol Deng gives them a ton of help. The combination of those two signings helps fill the wound, although it's nowhere close to making Heat fans forget about the depressing offseason.
Heat fans have to feel relieved they at least brought back Chris Bosh after he claimed he was going to Houston if LeBron was gone. They only lose LeBron, trying to look at the silver-lining here, and they picked up Deng, Granger and McRoberts. The Eastern Conference has no clear favorites this season and is truly up for grabs, so the Heat players should still have the playoffs right in their sights.
The signings of Luol Deng and Chris Bosh for the amount of money that was involved clearly showed that the Miami Heat panicked once they realized LeBron James was leaving. But who's to blame them? They were moves they really did need to make. It would have been easy to just give up after that big loss, but they are giving their fans hope as they will still be able to make a run in the Eastern Conference.
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