An “uneasy tension” exists between Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst (video link), but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra today dismissed the notion of any conflict among his backcourt stars, as Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald relays. Windhorst, in the report that he made before Miami’s win Monday, suggested the root of the issue has to do with who controls the offense, but Spoelstra contends they’ve struck the proper balance. “It’s silly. Goran and Dwyane, not only are they playing much better with each other, which takes time — they’re both aggressive ball-dominant players — but they enjoy each other,” Spoelstra said. “They enjoy when the other guy is able to be aggressive. They want each other to be able to play their games. And it’s getting better. Their lockers are right next to each other … .” Wade will hit free agency this summer while Dragic is under contract until at least 2019.
See more from South Beach amid our look around the NBA:
- It wouldn’t be surprising if Heat assistant coach David Fizdale snags an interview for the Grizzlies head coaching job, Jackson writes in a separate piece. Fizdale is on the list of candidates Memphis has compiled for its vacancy, as Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical reported Monday.
- Pelicans GM Dell Demps and other members of the team’s front office are expected to be in attendance at this week’s draft combine in Chicago, notes Justin Verrier of ESPN.com (Twitter link), a signal that Demps’ job is secure. New Orleans hadn’t formally decided on the executive’s fate as of late last month, when the team postponed a press conference, though all indications are that Demps will stick around, as Brett Dawson and Scott Kushner of The New Orleans Advocate previously reported.
- Perhaps no team other than the Celtics is better positioned for the future than the Suns are, The Vertical’s Bobby Marks opines. Phoenix will have three first-round picks this year, assuming Washington doesn’t get lucky in the lottery, and the Heat owe two first-rounders for future seasons as a result of the Dragic trade. The Suns also have draft-and-stash prospect Bogdan Bogdanovic, a former first-rounder, as Marks points out.