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Report: Heat offering two first-round picks for Goran Dragic

Goran Dragic, Luol Deng

Phoenix Suns’ Goran Dragic, right, of Slovenia, gets past Miami Heat’s Luol Deng (9) to score during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2014, in Phoenix. The Heat defeated the Suns 103-97. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)


Goran Dragic told the Suns he’s interested in signing with only the Lakers, Knicks or Heat this offseason.

That has Phoenix owner Robert Sarver fuming and the Kings slowly backing away.

It also has Miami interested.

Chris Broussard of ESPN:

This offer is not what it appears to be.

Because they owe the 76ers a first-round pick, the Heat could trade only their 2019 and 2021 first rounders together outright. they could also specify trading first rounders two and four years after send Philadelphia the pick, which would be 2017 and 2019 at the earliest. Phoenix, which has a stockpile of draft picks, might not mind the wait as much as other teams. But a delay in when the picks are conveyed could hinder the Suns’ ability to flip the picks later.

There’s also the matter of matching Dragic’s $7.5 million salary. The Heat can’t trade just picks for him, and many of the players they’d likely look to include – Chris Andersen, Josh McRoberts, Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem and Danny Granger – have multi-year contracts Phoenix would likely find unappealing. One player Miami could trade straight up for Dragic, Luol Deng, would probably swing this trade too far in favor of the Suns.

After all, even though Dragic said he’s willing to sign with the Heat, there’s no guarantee they keep him. They should be wary of giving up too much for a pending free agent.