Heat Notes: Dragic, Olynyk, Stokes, Bosh

The Heat may be willing to trade Goran Dragic, but only if they can get a first-round pick and some financial flexibility for next summer, writes Ira Winderman of The Sun-Sentinel. Dragic’s name was floated last week as a possible target for the Suns, who are without a veteran point guard after dealing Brandon Knight to the Rockets.

Dragic is the only established point guard on the Heat roster, but Winderman notes that Miami has a logjam in the backcourt, needing to find time for Dion Waiters, Tyler Johnson, Josh Richardson, Justise Winslow, Wayne Ellington, Rodney McGruder and possibly Dwyane Wade. The Heat, who are over the projected luxury tax for this season with nearly $127MM in guaranteed salary, could also benefit financially from unloading Dragic, who will make more than $18.1MM this year and has a $19.2MM player option for 2019/20.

Winderman passes along more Heat info in the same story:
  • Kelly Olynyk has committed to play a pair of World Cup qualifying games this month for the Canadian national team. Olynyk is among several NBA players on the roster for Canada, which hopes to qualify for the tournament for the first time since 2010. Olynyk’s games are set for Wednesday and September 17, so they won’t interfere with Miami’s training camp.
  • Jarnell Stokes is grateful for the opportunity to join the Heat in camp, even though he faces long odds to win a roster spot. The power forward played five games with Miami during the 2015/16 season and has a high opinion of the franchise. “They are very fair when it comes to trusting what they see,” Stokes said in a recent interview with J.D. Shaw of Def Pen Hoops. “A lot of guys go by numbers and politics, but you can pretty much trust that if you put in the work — guys like Tyler Johnson, Hassan Whiteside, Josh Richardson — these guys really did not have an opportunity at first. Miami is typically the spot that is able to trust in what they see.”
  • Former Heat big man Chris Bosh continues to express his desire to return to the NBA. The Georgia Tech alum, who hasn’t played since doctors discovered a recurrence of blood clots in 2016, said in an interview with ramblinwreck.com that he hopes to work toward a comeback this season. Because Bosh left the Heat over a medical issue and the final two years of his contract were removed from Miami’s cap, he is not permitted to rejoin the team.
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5 thoughts on “Heat Notes: Dragic, Olynyk, Stokes, Bosh

  1. x%sure

    Does HR have a contract with the Heat for daily updates regardless of news value?

    • D$!LLKU$H-og

      Who doesn’t want to hear about Jarnell Stokes and mr canada Kelly O? I am actually interested in “the decision” part 2. What’s that? you’re thinking. It’s Adam Silver taking Bosh’s talents to a catscan.

      • x%sure

        There won’t be a tv special on that though.
        His last 2 years, I see 37% from 3 but much reduced appearances, and an allstar to the end. A good note to stop on. Even if not keeling over on court would seem a triumph if he came back!

  2. Dragic is not worthy a first round, actually I was thinking Miami might have to throw in a first round for someone to take his contract.

    • stretch123

      His contract is a bargain considering the current market value for borderline all star players. His value is definitely not negative on top of which, Miami values him since he is their best player. Can’t be had for free…

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