Deng joins Miami Heat

  • Last Updated: July 16 2014, 13:06 BST

Great Britain forward Luol Deng has joined the Miami Heat as a free agent.

Luol Deng: Has joined Miami Heat
Luol Deng: Has joined Miami Heat

Deng, who featured for Team GB at London 2012, has spent 10 years in the NBA and he joins the Heat after spells at the Chicago Bulls and recently the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The 29-year-old's move follows hot on the heels of LeBron James leaving the Heat to return to the Cavaliers last week.

"Luol Deng is one of the most important free agent signings that we have ever had in the history of the franchise," Heat president Pat Riley said on the franchise's official website.

"He is a proven All-Star and quintessential team player, both as a scorer, as well as an All-NBA defender. 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."

Meanwhile, guard Dwayne Wade has re-signed with the Heat and will join Deng in Miami.

Deng is missing from Great Britain's squad for this weekend's friendlies against Latvia, but British Basketball remain hopeful the NBA star could figure in this summer's EuroBasket qualifiers.

Deng was absent from a 17-man group named by coach Joe Prunty on Wednesday, meaning none of the NBA players included in the provisional 22-man group last month have made the final list.

But while Joel Freeland and Byron Mullens have been ruled out for the summer, talks are continuing with Deng after his new two-year deal with the Miami Heat was confirmed.

Freeland has chosen to focus on playing for the Portland Trail Blazers' summer league team, while Mullens, a free agent after leaving the Philadelphia 76ers, is seeking a new employer.

Ovie Soko is also unavailable while Justin Robinson and James Jones have been forced to withdraw through injury, with Devan Bailey, Conner Washington and Orlan Jackman taking their places.

Prunty said of his selection: "Players' professional commitments and injuries have impacted our squad. It has also limited our opportunity to see some new talent in 2014.

"However, we have the core of last year's successful 2013 team in place. We're excited and ready to take on this challenge. It's an important year and we are committed to qualifying for EuroBasket 2015."

The players are taking part in a training camp in Worcester this week ahead of back-to-back contests against Latvia over the weekend. The EuroBasket qualifying campaign begins in August.

Squad: Kieron Achara, Ogo Adegboye, Devan Bailey, Eric Boateng, Matthew Bryan-Amaning, Dan Clark, Ali Fraser, Paul Guede, Ashley Hamilton, Myles Hesson, Orlan Jackman, Kyle Johnson, Ben Mockford, Gareth Murray, Drew Sullivan, Devon Van Oostrum, Conner Washington.


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