Miami Heat president Pat Riley met with free agent forward Luol Deng in Chicago on Saturday, according to ESPN.
Riley was expected to attempt to persuade Deng, 29, to take less money to play on a championship-caliber team in Miami. But ESPN reported that Deng is not willing to accept a salary below his market value, which is considered to be around $10 million per year.
Deng spent more than nine years with the Chicago Bulls before getting traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers last season. The farthest Deng has been in the playoffs is the Eastern Conference finals with the Bulls.
The Heat have been to the NBA Finals four straight years and have won two titles with their core of forward LeBron James, guard Dwyane Wade and forward Chris Bosh. All three are free agents but may return to make more championship runs.
Deng is scheduled tomeet with other teams next week.
The 6-foot-9 Deng averaged 16 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 63 combined between the Bulls and Cavs last season.