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Heat’s Goran Dragic refuses to give transparent answer on future

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The Miami Heat appear prepared to offer veteran point guard Goran Dragic a one-year contract in the range of $19 million as Dragic prepares to hit the open market this summer.

But is Dragic willing to play on yet another expiring contract? He said there were multiple considerations, but ultimately seems rather mum on the idea at present despite his love for the city and the franchise.

Via Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald.

In the days before the NBA suspended its season, Dragic said it’s premature to consider whether a bloated one-year offer would appeal to him, though he likes playing and living here.

“We’ll see,” Dragic said when asked about a one-year scenario. “A lot of different factors, my family, myself. I would say it’s too soon to talk about it. I’m not thinking about my next contract. I’ve always been a guy in the present.”

The outlook was not so rosy for Dragic this past summer.

Dragic played in just 36 games during the 2018-19 season. And the Heat–knowing the value of an expiring contract–looked to gauge his trade value. Ultimately, however, Miami decided to retain him in the final year of his deal. That decision has paid off thus far.

Dragic is averaging 16.1 points, 5.1 assists and 3.1 rebounds while playing over 28 minutes off the bench, giving the Heat vital production in the backcourt and acting as a veteran leader in the locker room.

It is unknown how teams around the league might value Dragic. Though it is worth noting he might prefer a multi-year deal, regardless of the annual average.