REPORT: Goran Dragic, Heat want to keep partnership going after magical run
Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic’s 2019-20 season did not end the way he wanted.
Dragic had emerged as one of Miami’s top scorers and playmakers during the NBA restart, helping propel the Heat to the 2020 Finals.
But the veteran guard suffered a torn plantar fascia in Game 1 against the Los Angeles Lakers, rendering him inactive for the next four games of the series. Dragic gave it a go in Game 6, but the Heat were totally overwhelmed by a motivated Lakers team.
Now, on the brink of free agency, Dragic’s future is somewhat unclear. However, Shams Charania of The Athletic reported the Heat are hoping to bring Dragic back into the fold for another run next season:
The Heat will look to re-sign Dragic, and with the organization prioritizing flexibility it could mean a shorter-term contract offer. After a standout postseason, Dragic also will have several interested parties. There’s mutual interest in a new deal for the Heat and Dragic, who was Miami’s second-leading postseason scorer with 19.1 points per game.
Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press reported something similar, noting Dragic “would like to remain with the Heat” next season.
Goran Dragic would like to remain with the Heat, per source. This is not surprising, but if you were curious, there you go.
— Tim Reynolds (@ByTimReynolds) October 15, 2020
A reunion between the two sides seems to make perfect sense.
Dragic thrived in a bench role during the regular season before elevating his play during the NBA restart. Heat star Jimmy Butler has also been on record saying Dragic is one of his all-time favorite teammates.
Miami could also have the cap flexibility to offer Dragic a lucrative, one-year contract while still preserving cap space for a potential run at Giannis Antetokounmpo next summer, if they so choose.