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Report: Miami Heat advancing in pursuit of Luol Deng

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The Miami Heat are making progress in their pursuit of free agent forward Luol Deng, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.

Deng, 29, averaged 16 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists and 35.1 minutes in 63 games with Chicago and Cleveland last season, posting a 15.2 Player Efficiency Rating and 4.5 Win Shares.

The Bulls dealt Deng to the Cavaliers in January after he reportedly turned down a three-year, $30 million contract to stay in Chicago. 

Renowned for his perimeter defense, Deng has drawn interest from a number of teams, including the Cavaliers, Mavericks and Lakers.

The Heat this week agreed to bring back center Chris Bosh on a five-year, $118 million maximum contract and are reportedly close to coming to terms with free agent small forward Dwyane Wade.

With LeBron James announcing his return to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday, the Heat are in the market for a small forward. Miami this week agreed to terms with forwards Josh McRoberts and Danny Granger.

The Heat won 54 games and earned the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference last season before falling to the Spurs in the Finals.

-- Chris Johnson

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