Update: Looks like the Birdman signing is imminent.
Yahoo! Sports reports the Heat are close to a deal to re-sign Chris Andersen.— Jason Lieser (@PBPjasonlieser) July 13, 2014
End of update.
Miami Heat officials have resumed talks with Luol Deng and his agent early Sunday on a potential short-term deal to solidify their small forward starting spot.
As of last night though, it appears Deng, who turned 29 in April, may want more money and/or more years on his contract.
As of last night, Heat & Luol Deng still significantly apart on salary, sources say. Deng's been turning down $10M/year offers for months— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 13, 2014
The Chicago Bulls traded Deng, a two-time All-Star and their scoring leader after Derrick Rose's injury, to the Cleveland Cavaliers last season after he rejected a three-year $30 million contract extension. Deng was reportedly looking to get a 4-year deal for $12 to 13 million a year.
The Phoenix Suns, Atlanta Hawks and Dallas Mavericks have also shown interest in Deng but it is unclear how much they can offer, though what has been heavily reported is that the Heat are the front-runners to land him. If Deng has turned multiple offers for $10 million a season and no team is willing to offer more, then it's possible he either acquiesces to the Heat's offer or Pat Riley, with less options by the day, sweetens the deal to get his man.
Adrian Wojnarowski is also reporting that Chris Andersen, the one and only Birdman, is likely to be re-signed by the Miami Heat.
Miami has been determined to reshape its roster and remain a contender without James. Heat president Pat Riley signed Bosh to a five-year, $118 million contract on Friday, and is nearing deals with Dwyane Wade, Udonis Haslem and Chris Andersen, sources told Yahoo Sports. Miami also plans to sign free agents Danny Granger and Josh McRoberts.
Deng met with Riley and coach Erik Spoelstra in Chicago last week to discuss a deal with the Heat.