Miami Heat rumors have Goran Dragic agreeing to a new five-year contract. With Dragic, the Heat have a good point guard that could help lead the offense for a number of years. That could possibly soften the blow if former NBA MVP Dwyane Wade decides to leave Miami for the Los Angeles Lakers. A report from ESPN.com on Wednesday (July 1) states that the five-year deal is worth $90 million. The final year of the contract is also a player option, allowing Dragic to opt out early if he so chooses.
Goran Dragic was acquired by the Miami Heat in a three-team trade with the Phoenix Suns and New Orleans Pelicans. It took Danny Granger, Norris Cole, Justin Hamilton, Shawne Williams, a 2017 first-round pick, and a 2021 first-round pick in order to complete the deal. He played 26 games for the Heat to finish off the 2014-15 NBA season, averaging 16.6 points, 5.3 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game. The addition of Dragic provided an immediate impact to the Heat on offense and defense.
Locking up a top-notch point guard like Dragic ensures that the Heat will at least have someone calling the shots on offense. As previously reported on the Inquisitr, other Miami Heat rumors suggest that Wade could leave in free agency. He already opted out of the final year of his current contract, making himself a free agent. Wade has been linked to the LA Lakers and New York Knicks, but might need to take a pay cut to go to either city. It’s still also possible that he could re-sign with the Heat on a multi-year deal.
Even if Miami loses Wade, the team at least has some good young players on the roster. Getting Justise Winslow in the 2015 NBA Draft was a big move, and the Heat still have Chris Bosh as the anchor to the roster. Shabazz Napier and Luol Deng are still in town, as well. It’s not the same without LeBron James in town, but there’s no reason to think that this roster can’t get the Heat back into the NBA Playoffs.
The next week should be interesting for South Beach fans, as the team will still look to sign a few additional role players to round out the roster. There are certainly going to also be more Miami Heat rumors about what Dwyane Wade decides to do in free agency. The first order of business, though, was to lock up Goran Dragic, and the front office did exactly that.
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