The Miami Heat have gone through a major offseason of change so far and there is a chance that they have not seen the last of it. Dwyane Wade chose to leave the Heat in free agency to join the Chicago Bulls and there has been no indication of whether Chris Bosh will be healthy enough to play next season.
Next up could be a trade of point guard Goran Dragic. He is one of the last valuable trade chips that the Heat have and if they can’t compete, they will start a rebuilding process.
Michael Saenz of the FanSided Network opined that the Dallas Mavericks could make a play to acquire Dragic from the Heat should he become available and it makes perfect sense.
Dragic would be a huge step in the right direction for Mark Cuban and the Mavericks. Deron Williams was re-signed to be the starting point guard, although Dallas would be happy to bring him off the bench. Having another starting point guard would likely help keep Williams healthy throughout the season as well.
Last season with the Heat, Dragic ended up averaging 14.1 points, 5.8 assists, and 3.8 rebounds per game. He shot 47.7 percent from the field overall and knocked down 31.2 percent of his three-point attempts. Dallas needs more of a scoring punch and there is no question that acquiring Dragic would give them just that.
At 30-years-old, Dragic still has a lot of basketball left to play in his prime. If the Mavericks were to trade for him, they will have three years left on his contract and a player options at the end of those three years, according to Spotrac. Having that kind of control is likely very interesting to many teams, especially a team like Dallas who is trying to build a title contender.
Looking ahead at the upcoming 2015-16 NBA season, the Mavericks certainly look like a playoff team. They were able to snag Harrison Barnes to replace Chandler Parsons, which many believe will end up being an upgrade. Re-signing both Williams and Dirk Nowitzki was key as well.
Rick Carlisle won’t have the kind of depth that he had last season, but there is still plenty of talent for him to work with.
If the Heat do make Dragic available in trade talks, there are going to be a lot of teams showing interest. There are plenty of teams who need an upgrade at the point guard position. Miami will not deal him just to make a move, but they would listen at the right price.
Pat Riley has to be fairly upset with the way the offseason has gone. He was able to re-sign star big man Hassan Whiteside, but lost Wade and Luol Deng. There have been a few moves that they have made since losing both of those players, but they certainly aren’t enough to remain a serious contender in the Eastern Conference.
Dallas has always looked to make splashes in free agency and via the trade market with Cuban running things. He is willing to spend big to build a contender and Dragic is exactly the kind of piece that he would target.
Expect to hear plenty of rumors involving the Mavericks throughout the remainder of the offseason. It isn’t a sure thing that Dragic will be placed on the trade block, but it would certainly make a lot of sense.
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