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Report: Goran Dragic camp expects Heat to offer contract worth between $90 million and $100 million

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MIAMI, FL - APRIL 13: Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat drives to the basket against the Orlando Magic on April 13, 2015 at American Airlines Arena 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. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2015 NBAE (Photo by Issac Baldizon/NBAE via Getty Images)

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The Heat reportedly planned to offer Goran Dragic a five-year contract “in excess of $80 million,” which generally was interpreted as barely more than $80 million.

Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald:

Amid an ESPN report that the Heat will offer Goran Dragic a five-year deal in excess of $80 million, the Dragic camp expects the proposal to be five years for between $90 million and $100 million.
The Heat and the Dragic camp remain optimistic a deal will get done with Miami.

There’s a big difference between $80 million and $90 million, because his max contract with another team projects to be worth $81 million over four years.

Offer Dragic less than he can make elsewhere – especially considering he’ll surely make something five years from now if he signs a four-year deal – it becomes likely he bolts. Provide him more security with that fifth year, and he probably stays.

It’s also encouraging Dragic’s camp is optimistic about reaching a deal despite not expecting Miami to offer its full max. Both sides surely discussed contracts before the Heat traded for Dragic, and at the time, it seemed a max deal might have been the understanding.

The initial report put everyone on alert to the possibility of Dragic leaving Miami. With this new information, we can probably drop back to DEFCON 4.