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Heat’s Goran Dragic on free agency: “I hope to stay here”

J.R. Smith, Goran Dragic

J.R. Smith, Goran Dragic


In the next couple of days, the Heat’s playoff fate will be decided. It could be as soon as Sunday — they could be eliminated if the Nets and Celtics win. Next up on the agenda for them will be the free agency of Goran Dragic, who can opt out and test the market in July. A lot can change, but he says he wants to stick around in Miami:

Goran Dragic: “I’m a free agent but I like this organization. I hope to stay here.”

— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) April 12, 2015

Re-signing Dragic is likely going to take a max deal, but the Heat almost have no other choice. They gave up a lot to get him (two future first-rounders) after he forced a trade there at the deadline.

A max deal for Dragic would be fine in the long term, especially when the new TV deal kicks in in 2016, but when combined with Chris Bosh’s max deal and the new contract that Hassan Whiteside will be eligible for in 2016, they’re going to have a lot of money tied up in three players, and that’s before you factor in that summer’s free agency, when they could potentially position themselves as dark-horse suitors for Kevin Durant.