Report: Pat Riley meets with Luol Deng

Luol Deng averaged 14.3 points and a career-low 5.1 rebounds last season for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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According to multiple media reports, Heat president Pat Riley met with free agent small forward Luol Deng on Saturday at a Chicago-area hotel.

Deng, who made $14.3 million last season with the Cavaliers after spending the first 10 years of his career with the Bulls, would provide a superb defensive presence and a decent scoring option at the wing spot, two things the Heat desperately need.

Unless Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade take major pay cuts, Deng will have to take less salary himself in 2014-15, as the Heat aren’t expected to have enough room under the soft salary cap to give Deng what he made in Cleveland.

The Hawks and Mavericks are also reportedly interested in Deng, and can pay him more than the Heat can, while the Bulls are rumored to be interested in bringing the former Duke Blue Devil back to Chicago.