NBA Notes: Luol Deng agrees to deal with Heat

NBA Notes: Luol Deng agrees to deal with Heat
July 13, 2014, 3:15 pm
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Luol Deng averaged 16 points and 5.7 rebounds last season with the Bulls and Cavaliers. (USA Today Images)

Free agent forward Luol Deng agreed Sunday to a $20 million, two-year deal with the Miami Heat, said Herb Rudoy, one of Deng's agents.

The deal includes a player option for the 2015-16 season, Rudoy said.

Deng is entering his 11th NBA season, having spent almost his entire career with the Chicago Bulls. He appeared in 40 games with the Cleveland Cavaliers after a trade last season. He fills a need in Miami, which lost LeBron James last week after the four-time NBA MVP said he would leave the Heat after four seasons and return to the Cavaliers.

Deng has averaged 16.0 points per game in his career, after being chosen No. 7 overall from Duke in the 2004 draft.

His contract should be signed early this week.

Suns: Len out rest of Las Vegas summer league
PHOENIX -- Phoenix Suns center Alex Len will miss the remainder of the Las Vegas summer league with a broken right pinky.

Len, the fifth pick overall in the 2013 draft, was injured in his summer league debut on Saturday night.

This was supposed to be an important summer league for Len as he tries to improve on his spotty rookie season. He missed all of last offseason recovering from surgeries on both ankles.

He is to have the finger evaluated in Phoenix on Monday.

Lakers: Lin deal now official
EL SEGUNDO, California -- Jeremy Lin has joined the Lakers in a trade with Houston along with first- and second-round draft picks in 2015 for the rights to center Sergei Lishchuk.

The Lakers made the deal official Sunday.

Lin will make about $15 million this season in the last year of a deal that counts only $8 million against the salary cap. The Lakers have cap room to absorb Lin's contract.

Lin averaged 12.5 points and 4.1 assists last season but lost his starting job. The Harvard player was born in Los Angeles and figures to be popular with the city's large Asian community.

Lishchuk played for Valencia in Spain last season. He was drafted by Memphis in the 2004, dealt to the Rockets in 2008 and traded to Lakers in 2010.

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