Goran Dragic is reportedly open to a trade and Miami Heat already tried to deal him to the Sacramento Kings for Rudy Gay and Darren Collison. However, until now, the two teams are yet to reach an agreement. Is Dragic not part of the long-term solution in Miami?
With all their “Big Three” gone, the Heat entered the 2016-17 NBA season with their young roster. As of now, they are 10-22 in the 13th spot in the Eastern Conference. Heat president Pat Riley decided to build around Hassan Whiteside but it’s obvious that their current roster is not enough to bring them back into title contention.
As the February deadline draws near, the Heat is expected to be highly active on the trade market. According to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insider, Goran Dragic is one of the guards to watch out for on the trading block. In 2015, Dragic demanded a trade to Miami with the goal of helping them become a conference contender.
However, as of now, the Heat is one of the struggling team’s in the league. If they will not make a move, it will not be a surprise if they end up missing the playoffs this season. Riley has the ability to build a title- contender team and there is a possibility that he already has a plan in his mind.
GAY & COLLISON’S EXPIRING CONTRACT PART OF HEAT’S PLAN
In October, the Heat and the Kings were reportedly having trade talks involving Goran Dragic, Rudy Gay, and Darren Collison. Gay informed the Kings that he will exercise his player option to become a restricted free agent next summer. Trading him now will be the best move than letting him leave for nothing.
The same thing goes with Collison, who will become a restricted free agent next summer. Dragic has three guaranteed years remaining on his deal for a total of $51 million. He’s undeniably what the Kings need on their team.
At some points, it seems questionable why the Heat will trade one of their team leaders for two players who can leave next summer. If Gay and Collison will not work out well this season in Miami, they can let them leave and target available stars in 2017 NBA free agency. Moving Dragic’s salary will give the Heat enough salary cap space to give superstar free agents a maximum contract.
“We’ve [rebuilt] twice, first with the addition of Shaq back in 2005, then again in 2008,” Riley said in an interview with WQAM Radio in Miami. “And we’re at 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.”
Pat Riley and the Heat must already have built their own strategic plan to create another title contender team. If the Kings-Heat trade proceeds, it will help both teams in filling up the needs to improve on their roster.
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