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Heat’s Goran Dragic on trade rumors: ‘I totally deny that. That’s bulls—'

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MIAMI, FL - DECEMBER 22: Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat drives to the basket during a game against the Los Angeles Lakers at American Airlines Arena on December 22, 2016 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

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Goran Dragic is reportedly open to the Heat trading him, and they’re reportedly looking into it.


It didn’t came from me. So, that’s not true. I totally deny that. That’s bulls—.

File this under: What else is he supposed to say?

If it’s the truth, it’s the truth.

If it’s not the truth, Dragic knows it can be awkward to play with someone teammates think wanted to be traded. Better just to deny until a trade happens. Then, they’re not your teammates anymore.

Remember, Dragic admitted to lying to force at trade from the Suns.

Besides, this isn’t totally up to Dragic. The Heat don’t need his consent to trade him. They’re 10-20, and he’s on the wrong side of 30 and owed more than $54 million over the next three years. It might make more sense to deal him while he’s still productive. Miami could get long-term assets that will be more valuable once the team is ready to win.

So, take Dragic’s denial for what it’s worth – something, but not everything, and not the Heat’s denial.