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Luol Deng will participate in an exhibition game in Africa this August

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The NBA is heading to Africa, and the Miami Heat's Luol Deng is part of the game plan to help basketball flourish near his home of Sudan.

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Luol Deng of the Miami Heat and L.A. Clippers guard Chris Paul will headline an exhibition game that will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa on August 1 through the NBA.

The event will be played in support of Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, SOS Children's Villages Association of South Africa and the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

Deng will be the captain of Team Africa and Paul will be the captain of Team World for the game. Several other coaches and executives around the NBA will also participate in the event. This will be the first of a kind for the NBA as their involvement in Africa grows.

Deng is following in the footsteps of former NBA legend Dikembe Mutombo in bringing basketball across the world. And for Luol, this hits close to him as he was born in South Sudan.

"I am extremely proud to be a part of the NBA's first game in Africa," Deng said in a statement. "Coming from South Sudan and having participated in the Basketball without Borders Africa camps in Johannesburg previously, I am truly honored to be part of this historic event."

Deng could be a free agent this summer, as he could opt-out of his contract. If he decides not to, he will have one more year left on his contract with the Heat. But by the time this game comes around, Deng will likely either be under contract with the Heat or another team as free agency starts July 1.