Heat’s Goran Dragic addresses uncertain free agency amid quarantine life
Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic will have to navigate a very uncertain free agency period once the 2019-20 NBA season comes to a close. “The Dragon” recently accepted to come off the bench in a sixth-man role, one that has greatly favored his team but put him in a somewhat more difficult position as he approaches free agency.
Dragic shared some candid thoughts on what the future may have for him:
“Right now, if I’m honest, I’m not even thinking about free agency,” Dragic told Anthony Chiang of the Miami Herald. “I have so many different problems. My uncle is stuck here in the U.S. I’m trying to get him back to his home country, so I’m on the phone 24/7 basically with the government. It’s just a crazy situation for me and my family. I just want to be done with that, and hopefully when this virus is done then I can think about my future and free agency and everything.”
Dragic has remained in isolation with his wife and two kids while trying to sort out a potential flight for his uncle. Yet he’s making the most out of this otherwise odd experience that brought the season to a halt almost a month ago, staying busy playing with the kids and doing home schooling.
Dragic and his family have enjoyed Miami, and he acknowledged a return to the Heat will be an option. However, there’s still plenty of uncertainty with his situation:
“When you’re locked in and when you have a contract, at least you know you’re set and you’re going to have a job,” Dragic said. “Right now, I’m playing well and I know that probably I’m going to still play basketball. Somebody is going to sign me. But still, until you put that signature on the contract, it’s a little bit … I would not say I’m worried, but still you don’t know what your future holds. There’s uncertainty. But that’s part of the business. For me, the main thing this season was to show that I’m healthy and that I can still play well. I did that.”
The Slovenian point man is averaging 16.1 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 5.1 assists in a bounce-back season from his injury-plagued 2018-19. The Heat veteran will be 34 years old next month, fishing for what’s likely to be his last significant deal in the league. There have been rumblings that the Chicago Bulls may be interested in Dragic.