Goran Dragic Open To Being Traded?

DECEMBER 23, 1:58pm: Asked about the report that he’s open to being moved, Dragic told reporters that it didn’t come from him, and that it’s not true (video link).

DECEMBER 22, 4:00pm: Rival teams have called the Heat about Goran Dragic‘s availability and found that Miami is open to dealing the point guard, sources tell Chris Mannix of The Vertical. Mannix adds that Dragic is also open to being moved. Minnesota is a team to keep an eye on regarding a potential Dragic trade, Zach Lowe of ESPN.com speculates in his latest podcast.

Two seasons ago, the Heat acquired Dragic believing that he was the missing piece needed in order to compete with the Cavs for the Eastern Conference crown. Since then, the team lost Chris Bosh because of his health issues and it lost Dwyane Wade to the Bulls in free agency, which left Dragic to lead a roster of young, unproven players. Mannix argues that if the Heat are going to rebuild around their young core, the team would be better off trading the point guard.

Earlier in the week, Pat Riley said that any rebuild would happen quickly. “We’ve [rebuilt] twice, first with the addition of Shaq back in 2005, then again in 2008,” Riley said. “And we’re in 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.”

The Heat, owning a record of 9-20, are in the midst of a disappointing campaign, though Dragic has been a bright spot for them. He’s averaging 19.1 points and 6.7 assists per game while shooting 41.6% from behind the arc. He owns a player efficiency rating of 18.2, which is well above the league average of 15.0.

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25 thoughts on “Goran Dragic Open To Being Traded?

  1. Yasel R

    Dragic for kris Dunn and a future first rounder? Any thoughts on this?

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    • aamatho18

      I’m a T-Wolves fan and have absolutely no interest in that. We need a Point Guard who can play off the ball and Dragic showed he won’t do that in Phoenix. Wiggins needs the ball in his hands and even though Rubio can’t shoot, he still helps any team with the ball in his hands.

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      • Yasel R

        I see your point but your also talking about a guy that can not only create for others but himself as well. Maybe adding the first rounder is over shooting but dragic at the moment is playing the best ball he ever has.

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        • aamatho18

          Dragic would be awesome, don’t get me wrong, but the defense Dunn adds is huge plus he is young on a team friendly deal. Gonna have to extend KAT, Wiggins, and Lavine soon enough.

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          • Yasel R

            Just curious , if thibs said they would trade one of their young guys for a vet who would you want it to be? Cuz I know it’s not gonna be lavine or Wiggins

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            • aamatho18

              Just cause he says it doesn’t mean he’ll actually do it. i wouldn’t put it past Thibs to trade Lavine or Wiggins for the right fit

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    • joebunda

      It would help my fantasy team a lot, but the wolves wouldn’t trade Dunn this quickly. He could develop much farther, and Thibs knows that.

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    • Kriss dunn and a future first rounder for a 30 year old that won’t be relevant by the time we’re ready to compete?? I guess you missed be a Miami fan because that makes no sense from the wolves side

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      • Yasel R

        To start off , you guys are looking for a vet. Dragic is playing the best ball of his career at the moment and can make an impact for a couple of years . Kris Dunn hasn’t played to expectation yeah it’s early on but according to thibs there willing to trade one of their young guys . Again this is just me shooting from a heat perspective, adding the first rounder was just a far shot honestly lol should of said second round

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        • I’m hoping from those reports of trading a young guy for a veteran it means a somewhat younger veteran like 27 or something so there’s a chance that player will still be able to be in a contenders rotation once the big three turns into a contending for a title big three. I’d love dragic but hurting the future by giving up done is too much for basically a rental. Dunn has the potetnaitl to be elite defensively adding that to towns Lavine and Wiggins and we’re talking a golden state warriors type of team.

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  2. While Dragic would look nice on the Knicks, they have nothing to offer.

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  3. Nacho Johnson

    Not sure I understand the trade from the wolves perspective. Depends on what Miami is asking and if guess it would be lavine or Dunn to start. Yeah, Dragic would be great to have but it’s too late. Yasel makes a great point that the Wolves need a vet and Dragic is very good, but we are not a team ready to compete. Not sure Dragic would be very happy as well. Maybe if the Wolves win-loss record was reversed, but they are better off holding tight, playing the young guys, and go about making changes in the summer. Thibs still needs time to see what has before making any hasty decisions.

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  4. Tyler Affeld

    I could see him potentially going to Houston, Knicks, Sacramento, Denver, Minnesota, and maybe a couple rolling the dice situations because of injury or struggles in San Antonio, Detroit, Atlanta, Chicago, or Indiana

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  5. Flint Westwood

    Wig is a nice kid with a lot of talent, but his effort comes and goes even though he averages 20 a game. I don’t like the fact that he has no motor. The Wolves need to trade him for someone with raw aggression and competitive fire. Dragic has that.

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    • So you’re implying trade Wiggins for Dragic? That is a worse suggestion than Dunn and a first for Dragic.

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      • acarneglia

        Wiggins for Dragic would make sense if Winslow or J Richardson were involved and a pick or two

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        • orioles101_milller

          Still no. Wiggins will be a top 5 player in his prime

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  6. Andrew C.

    Dragić to Minnesota is an awful idea. Makes drafting Dunn a complete waste (and I don’t even like Dunn). Minnesota needs a stop gap option at point if they want to ease Dunn into the starting role, not a ball-dominant lead guard who has 3.5 years left on his contract.

    The teams that should consider Dragić could be Sacramento, Dallas, Denver, and Detroit. Can definitely get a solid young piece and a late first round pick at the most for Dragić.

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  7. Z-A

    NOLA makes sense. Dragic for Jrue Holiday + 1st. The other destinations people are throwing out do not make much sense.

    Denver = Mudiay
    Dallas isn’t going to offer an unprotected pick
    Detroit = Reggie Jackson
    Sacramento has nothing to offer.
    Minnesota = 3 guards
    Sixers = Noel/Okafor which won’t work with Whiteside.

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  8. Kia Sportage Off-roader

    His contract is too big for his actual value. He won’t fetch that much

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  9. weezlur11

    Heat rebuild isn’t going to go as smoothly as Riley thinks. The last two he had a superstar in Wade to actually attract big names. Do you really think players are going to come to play with Whiteside and a ball dominant PG in Dragic. I really like Dragic by the way!

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  10. longwoodbob

    Orlando Magic:

    Dragic for:

    • Mario Hezonja
    • 2017 1st Round Pick (top 5 protected)
    • DJ Augustin

    • or can also offer CJ Watson or Jeff Green if Miami prefers expiring contracts.

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