The Miami Heat are in tough situation heading into the 2016-17 NBA season. The Big Three era is now a thing of the past after Dwyane Wade bolted out of South Beach and Chris Bosh is still recovering from a serious health setback.
With the Heat is facing tough years ahead in terms of being competitive in the Eastern Conference, recent NBA trade rumors suggested that Miami could trade several key assets. Goran Dragic has been mentioned in numerous rumors since Wade left for the Chicago Bulls.
According to a report on NBA.com, Dragic signed a long-term deal with the Heat, thinking that he will be playing alongside Bosh and Wade in years to come. With Wade and Bosh running the show in Miami, the Heat are poised to become contenders. But now that both superstars are gone, the Heat might even miss the playoffs this season.
Dragic is reportedly unhappy now in Miami, leading to speculation that he is now asking to be traded. However, the veteran point guard reiterated that he is looking to stay in Miami and is ready to see what their front office is planning to do in the upcoming months.
“Sometimes you need to do two steps back to go one step forward,” Dragic told the Sun-Sentinel. “I’m happy to be here. This is the team that I want to be here. But I understand this is business.”
Miami Heat Trading Goran Dragic To Sacramento Kings?
However, even if Dragic has already expressed willingness to stay with the Heat, he has no full control of his fate in Miami. The Heat could still trade the 30-year-old playmaker before the annual trade deadline in February.
In fact, the Heat reportedly had talks with the Sacramento Kings about a possible trade. ESPN reported that while no names floated, it is quite understandable that the eight-year veteran was at the center of the trade talks.
The Heat will create cap space if they can find a way to trade Dragic for expiring deals. On the other hand, a deal for Dragic will solve the Kings’ point guard woes in the upcoming season.