Goran Dragic is one of the best point guards in the NBA who is available for trade at this point in the season. According to a report from Chris Mannix of the Vertical, the Miami Heat have made Dragic available in trade talks. If that is indeed the case, there will be plenty of teams interested in acquiring him.
One team that has shown a lot of interest in acquiring him already this season has been the Sacramento Kings, who are in search for a long-term franchise-caliber point guard.
Throughout the 2016-17 season thus far with the Heat, Dragic has averaged 19.2 points, 6.7 assists, and 4.0 rebounds per game. He has shot 45.1 percent from the field overall and has knocked down 41.7 percent of his shots from the three-point line. Miami won’t deal him just for the sake of making a trade, but the right price could convince them to pull the trigger.
Sacramento had talks with the Heat earlier this year about a Dragic trade, but the Kings balked when the Heat wanted Rudy Gay and Darren Collison. That price is likely too high, but the Heat might be willing to come down a bit as the trade deadline continues to draw closer.
Perhaps a deal centered around Gay and second-year big man Willie Cauley-Stein could work for both sides.
Gay would be a big addition at a position of need for the Heat. He has averaged 18.6 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 3.0 assists per game so far this season for the Kings. Cauley-Stein has not made much of an impact for the Kings this season, averaging just 5.0 points and 2.2 rebounds.
Miami is going to receive plenty of interest from other teams as well. If the Kings truly want to get a deal done, they may have to consider giving Collison up in the deal as well.
DeMarcus Cousins has seen his name mentioned in trade rumors often this year as well. It seems like the Kings are hoping to make one last effort to surround him with the talent necessary to compete for the playoffs. Unfortunately, adding Dragic won’t be the move that puts them over the top.
At 30-years-old, there is no denying the talent that Dragic brings to the court. He still has three years left on his contract after the 2016-17 season as well. That could help intrigue Cousins to stay with the Kings, but they would have to make another big trade or land a big name in free agency to make that intrigue become a reality.
It appears that there could be a lot of action at the trade deadline this year. There are a lot of teams looking to make a deal that could make them a contender, while there are also a lot of teams who know they aren’t going to win this year and are ready to sell talented players.
No matter what the Heat end up doing with Dragic, they are set up well long-term. Hassan Whiteside is one of the most dominant big men in the league, while Tyler Johnson and Josh Richardson are ready to step up and fill the point guard vacancy if Dragic is dealt.
Pat Riley will be aggressive working the trade lines when it comes to his starting point guard. Dragic is one of the best pieces for the Heat, but his trade value is at an all-time high. Miami would be wise to sell high and get a couple of pieces that will help them both now and in the future.
All of that being said, expect to hear Dragic’s name mentioned in trade rumors in the coming weeks as the deadline draws closer.
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