The 30-year-old originally forced a trade from the Phoenix Suns to Miami in 2015 as he believed the team was a point guard away from contending in the East. After missing the playoffs that season and losing to the Toronto Raptors earlier this year, Dragic now finds himself with no Chris Bosh and no Dwyane Wade. He’s alone as the sole architect of the perimeter offense with support down low from Hassan Whiteside.
Dragic is prepared to seek options elsewhere, according to The Vertical, as the Heat have gotten off to a disappointing 10-20 start, only a few losses away from the bottom-dwelling Philadelphia 76ers and Brooklyn Nets.
An early season trade opportunity for Sacramento’s Rudy Gay fell apart when the Heat sought Darren Collison, sources said, and teams that have inquired about Dragic have found the Heat open to offers.
Truth be told, Dragic is an All-Star caliber player, a legitimate point guard that can shoot it, pass it and run an offense — but he’s not the type to put fans in the seats — something which Miami has found hard to do since the “Big Three” ran the team.
While he is a valuable asset, Dragic’s return now at 30 years of age is likely as good as it’ll ever be moving forward, making it that much more important for the organization to timely pull the trigger before he becomes just another run-of-the-mill 30-some point guard.
In an interview with WQAM radio in Miami this week, Riley acknowledged the Heat’s position and his willingness to make the necessary changes.
“We’ve [rebuilt] twice, first with the addition of Shaq back in 2005, then again in 2008,” Riley said. “And we’re in it again. In this league, you need flexibility. And we have that, so we’re able to make a move quickly. We’ve rebuilt before and we’re going to do it again quickly.”
The Yugoslavian international leads the Heat with 19.2 points and 6.7 assists while snatching a career-high four rebounds per game while shooting a career-best 41.7 percent from beyond the arc.