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Heat’s Goran Dragic expected to receive large 1-year offer from Miami

Heat, Goran Dragic

The Miami Heat dangled are preparing to make an offer to veteran point guard Goran Dragic as he prepares for free agency this upcoming summer.

Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald reported Dragic’s camp feel the Heat are preparing a huge one-year offer. They expected it to be somewhere in the range of $19 million. Jackson reported the Heat value Dragic’s intangibles and ability to produce off the bench. They are willing to make the commitment to him before he hits the open market:

“An associate of Dragic anticipates a large one-year offer from Miami this summer, potentially in the range of this season’s $19 million salary,” Jackson wrote. “The Heat values his contributions, professionalism and enormous offensive boost off the bench. And don’t overlook the fact Jimmy Butler and Dragic are close.”

Dragic has indeed given the Heat a scoring boost in the backcourt. The 33-year-old is averaging 16.1 points, 5.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds through 54 games. He’s also shooting close to 38 percent from beyond the arc on 5.8 attempts per game.

His bench presence has been especially necessary after the Heat traded away former backcourt guys like Justise Winslow and Dion Waiters.

Jackson is right to point out Butler’s close friendship with Dragic. In fact, Butler previously called Dragic one of his favorite teammates. This is not likely to be lost on Pat Riley, who brought Butler to Miami to be the next cornerstone of the Heat franchise.

The Heat had actually dangled Dragic in trade talks this past summer. But it now appears they are hoping to bring him back into the fray next season.

Of course, any such deal will have to wait until the moratorium is lifted following the suspension of the season due to the coronavirus pandemic.