Goran Dragić's Future With Miami Heat Not as Straightforward as It Looks

  • Goran Dragić's Future With Miami Heat Not as Straightforward as It Looks

Goran Dragić's Future With Miami Heat Not as Straightforward as It Looks

"To be a part of something where you felt all along that you were searching for something".

"Obviously, I want security", he told the Sun Sentinel.

By rule, because teams can not trade successive future first-round picks, the Heat must exercise a selection, with their 2021 first-round choice having been dealt to the Phoenix Suns in the 2015 trade for Goran Dragic.

With the Heat holding Crowder's Bird Rights and able to exceed the salary cap to retain him, there easily could be a raise on the $7.8 million he earned during the just-completed season. "So, hopefully, it all comes together from both sides". I do have to admit, I'm really happy...

"The Heat will look to re-sign Dragic, and with the organization prioritizing flexibility it could mean a shorter-term contract offer", wrote Shams Charania. But the Heat with Pat Riley in charge have a proven track record of drawing free agents between LeBron James and Chris Bosh to just previous year with Jimmy Butler. When asked about his main priority in free agency, he said "I want to be happy...."

In that respect, Dragic holds a unique advantage in his situation. Also, because of his tenure in the league and with the Heat, he is eligible for a no-trade clause. "This locker room, regardless of whatever happens in the future, we're going to remember this year, this season, this experience and that locker room brotherhood for the rest of our lives", he said. Before the injury, Dragic had played great and even carried the heat up to this point in the postseason.

A torn plantar fascia suffered in Game 1 versus the Los Angeles Lakers limited his availability for the remainder of the Finals.

Dragić's future with the Heat will be one of the more interesting stories coming out of the off-season. "What we've built is something special and we'll be back", he noted in a message to fans posted on social media.