Some of the teams with interest in Goran Dragic retreated from the idea of trading for him at the deadline because they felt the Heat had him essentially wrapped up for a long-term deal, sources from across the league tell Grantland’s Zach Lowe. Still, no one registered a tampering complaint, and a Heat spokesperson said to Lowe that there was no prearranged deal for when he hit free agency in the summer. The Lakers seemed to hang around as a threat, but the Heat appeared to have the inside track to re-sign Dragic right from the time he got to Miami. The All-Star combo guard indeed re-signed on a five-year deal worth slightly more than $85MM last month.
The Heat’s latest move became public this morning, with Miami reportedly having agreed to a camp deal with former Georgetown small forward Greg Whittington. See more from South Beach here:
- Chris Andersen and Mario Chalmers have been available to anyone who would have them, as Lowe hears from sources around the league, which falls in line with Lowe’s report from early July that the two were available “for nothing” in return. The Heat would prefer to clear salary but expect to keep Chalmers until at least the start of training camp and are finding a soft market for the Birdman, as Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald reported last week.
- Zoran Dragic and the Heat were in agreement that a trade was necessary before the Heat shipped him to the Celtics, with Dragic eager to find more playing time, as the shooting guard’s representatives told Jackson. Thus, Goran Dragic is not upset about the move that eventually saw his brother released so he could return to play in Europe, Jackson writes.
- The Heat would have serious problems if Dwyane Wade misses too much time this season, but with offseason additions Gerald Green and Justise Winslow, the team is set at shooting guard if Wade goes down, as Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinel writes in a mailbag column. The real issue would be replacing Wade’s ball-handling with a point guard behind Dragic.