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Report: Heat re-signing Goran Dragic, Meyers Leonard

Heat center Meyers Leonard and guard Goran Dragic

MIAMI, FLORIDA - NOVEMBER 20: Meyers Leonard #0 and Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat talk against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the second half at American Airlines Arena on November 20, 2019 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 Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

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The Heat have big plans for 2021 free agency. They also want to remain competitive after their run to the 2020 NBA Finals.

The perfect compromise solution: Re-signing players like Goran Dragic and Meyers Leonard for only one guaranteed season.


Shams Charania of The Athletic:

Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press:

The Heat’s starting point guard, Dragic showed impressive zip in the bubble before getting hurt. That earned him such a high salary at age 34.

Leonard was Miami’s starting center throughout the regular season then lost his rotation spot in the playoffs. A $9 million salary for him next season is surprisingly high, but it costs only Heat owner Micky Arison real dollars. The opportunity cost in team-building is negligible. In fact, Leonard could prove more useful in a trade with this bigger contract.

By going this route rather than opening cap space, Miami has even more reason to re-sign Jae Crowder to a similar deal with only one year guaranteed.