Goran Dragic has made his discontent known early in the 2015 NBA season, 48 hours ago his agent let the world know that his client did not plan on signing a long term deal in the dessert. Miami was one of the locations on his short list of places he’d like to play. Pat Riley decided to act once he heard that Goran was available:
“We are incredibly pleased to take another step in getting the Miami Heat back to real championship prominence with the acquisition of Goran Dragic. We felt that once he became available, we would do all that we could to acquire him. We feel he is the perfect complement to the players we have on the team.” – Pat Riley
Miami has been having issues at point guard all season, the trio of Mario Chalmers, Norris Cole, and Shabazz Napier hadn’t really done anything to this point in the season. Chalmers was supposed to be focused on playing more shooting guard on the second unit, but that wasn’t the case as Cole and Napier struggled at times. Chalmers isn’t absolved in this case either, his play was shaky at best when leading the team.
Riley went out and acquired one of Erik Spoestra’s favorite players in the league, said player also happens to be exactly what Miami needed. In exchange for landing last year’s Most Improved Player and his brother Zoran, Miami got rid of several players. Danny Granger and two first round picks went to the Suns while Norris Cole, Shawne Williams, and Justin Hamilton were sent to the Pelicans. The first round picks headed to Phoenix are in 2017 and 2021.
If the Heat can get healthy, the addition of Dragic gives them an extremely talented starting five. It’ll be interesting to see how and if he’s able to integrate himself into Spo’s system and with his teammates. Dragic has a player option for next season at 7.5 million but Miami expects to retain his services with a long term deal down the line.
No matter how this plays out, it should be fun to watch Dragic in Spo’s system. The Heat’s walk it up the court offense should finally die, in it’s place a more up-tempo offense with an experienced point guard.