12:26pm: Dragic has undergone surgery to clean up his right knee, the Heat announced in a press release. According to the team, the veteran guard is expected to be out until about the All-Star break, which coincides with the two-month timetable suggested by Wojnarowski (as noted below).
11:31am: Heat guard Goran Dragic is set to undergo a scope on his troublesome right knee, says Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald (Twitter links). According to Jackson, it was determined that Dragic would undergo the procedure after his knee failed to respond to rest and treatment.
No specific timeline has been set yet for Dragic’s return, but ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski (Twitter link) hears from a source that Miami’s starting point guard is expected to miss the next two months. The Heat figure to provide an official update on Dragic’s recovery timetable after he has formally undergone the procedure.
It has been a tough season so far for the Heat and for Dragic, who has been limited to just 14 games. In those games, he’s averaging 15.3 PPG and 4.9 APG with a .410 FG% and .314 3PT%. Both of those shooting percentages would be the second-worst of his 11-year NBA career.
As for the Heat, they were widely viewed as a playoff team in the East entering the season, but are currently outside the top eight, with a 13-16 record. While the club is only one game out of a postseason spot, the fight for the playoffs will be even more challenging with Dragic sidelined for the foreseeable future.
Miami’s roster is somewhat thin on traditional point guards behind Dragic, but they have a number of players who can handle the ball. Josh Richardson, Rodney McGruder, Tyler Johnson, Justise Winslow, and Dwyane Wade are among the players who could take on adjusted responsibilities or roles during Dragic’s absence.