Goran Dragic G MIA 2 months ago

Dragic has reached an agreement on a five-year, $90 million deal with the Heat, Mark Stein of ESPN reports.

Dragic can't officially sign the contract until July 9, but it looks as though he will indeed be staying in South Beach. In his seventh NBA campaign, the Yugoslavian point guard posted solid numbers once again, averaging 16.3 points, 4.5 assists, and 3.5 rebounds in 34 minutes. Despite the dramatic slowing of the pace in the move from Phoenix to Miami midseason, Dragic's numbers actually increased following the trade, and with his preference to increase the pace in 2015-16, his numbers could escalate further accordingly.

Goran Dragic G MIA 3 months ago

Dragic has told the Heat that he would want the team to play at a faster pace if he re-signs with them this offseason, the Miami Herald reports.

Dragic is an unrestricted free agent and has the freedom to sign with any team he chooses, but the Heat have a leg up on other teams because they can offer him a fifth year on their contract offers, as opposed to the four years all other teams are allowed to offer him in free agency.

Goran Dragic G MIA 4 months ago

Dragic was traded from the Suns to the Heat at the February trade deadline. He played and started in 26 games of the 2014-15 season for Miami and averaged 16.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 5.3 assists in 35 minutes per game over that stint.

Dragic did not exercise his player option for the 2015-16 season and will go into the offseason as an unrestricted free agent. Nevertheless, he has reportedly stated that that he wants to re-sign with the franchise and that the Heat will be his first choice come free agency. In his short time with Miami, Dragic was able to serve as a legitimate starting point guard that the team has been lacking for the past four or five seasons. The need for a starting point guard was even greater this season, as they did not have LeBron James to play a point forward role. While Dragic can efficiently run an offense with his passing ability, his quick first step and will to get to and finish at the rim may be his biggest strength. He shot 50 percent from the field with the Heat, which is the second-highest mark of his career, but shot just 33 percent from behind the arc, which is something he will have to improve upon. Assuming the Heat do re-sign Dragic to a new contract, he will be a key part and a legitimate offensive threat within the core of himself, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh for the next few years.

Goran Dragic G MIA 5 months ago

Dragic (rest) said he wants to re-sign with the Heat, the Palm Beach Post reports. "Of course," Dragic said. "If you're gonna find the same language, then it's easy for everybody. It's hard to talk about that right now. We'll see. I need to sit down with my family and explore the options and see what option is the best, but the last two months that I was here was beautiful for me."

Dragic came to Miami from Phoenix at the trade deadline, and while he was unable to lead the Heat to the playoffs, a core of Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and Dragic would appear to be in position to compete in the East next season. Dragic has already exercised the opt-out clause in his contract, so if he stays with Miami it will be under a new contract.

Goran Dragic G MIA 5 months ago

Dragic is unlikely to play in Wednesday's season finale, Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post reports.

Dragic has been playing at less than 100 percent down the stretch and with the Heat eliminated from playoff contention, it's unlikely that he'll take the floor Wednesday.

Goran Dragic G MIA 5 months ago

Dragic said he has not been playing at 100 percent lately, the Palm Beach Post reports.

While Dragic has been on a tear of late, he's been telling reporters that he feels "slow" due to nagging back issues. "It's that time of the season," he said. "Your body takes a pounding. We're 70 games into the regular season. I'm having problems with my back. Sometimes after a game, the next day it's really sore. But that's normal." Dragic has been dealing with back spasms in addition to a bruised tailbone, suffered back on Mar. 6 against Washington. While he may not be at his best, it doesn't look like Dragic plans to miss any time, especially with the Heat in the thick of a playoff chase.

Goran Dragic G MIA 5 months ago

Dragic stuffed the stat sheet Friday against the Nuggets, posting 18 points, eight rebounds, five assists, two steals, and one block in 35 minutes of action.

Dragic is averaging 18.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 6.6 assists, and 2.0 steals on 55 percent shooting from the field over the last five games. His efficiency has been remarkable as a member of the Heat, and it doesn't seem like he'll slow down anytime soon.

Goran Dragic G MIA 5 months ago

Dragic produced a double-double with 20 points (9-16 FG, 1-2 3Pt, 1-2 FT), 11 assists, three rebounds, and two steals in 39 minutes during Wednesday's win versus the Blazers.

The 11 dimes marks Dragic's high in a Heat uniform, and just the second occasion in which he dished double digits. More importantly, though, his play has ramped up since missing two contests due to a bruised tailbone. Over the last four outings, he's averaging 18.8 points (on 53 percent shooting), seven assists, three rebounds, and two steals in 38 minutes. The backcourt combo of Dragic and Dwyane Wade is truly humming along at the moment.

Goran Dragic G MIA 6 months ago

Dragic (back) scored 17 points (5-9 FG, 1-3 3Pt, 6-9 FT) with three assists and two steals in 35 minutes during Wednesday's win over the Nets.

After missing two games due to a bruised tailbone, Dragic was able to return with a solid performance. Assuming he's able to avoid any further mishaps, he should be a solid fantasy asset on a Heat squad that is clawing for a playoff spot.

Goran Dragic G MIA 6 months ago

Dragic (back) will play Wednesday against the Nets, Shandel Richardson of the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

On Tuesday, Dragic estimated that he had a "75 percent" chance to play Wednesday, and he officially ruled himself in following shootaround. Dragic missed a pair of games with a bruised tailbone, which allowed Mario Chalmers to enter the starting lineup. Chalmers will shift back to the bench Wednesday.