The notion was that the Los Angeles Lakers went unchallenged throughout the Playoffs last season. However, there was one team nobody expected would give them a real scare. That too, in the NBA Finals.
The Miami Heat were spectacular during their postseason run. Although Goran Dragic was shackled to the sidelines in the Finals, because of his foot injury, he still deserves a lot of the credit for the Heat reaching there. And that is exactly why the Heat want him to stay.
In February 2015, the Miami Heat acquired Dragic with a 5-year $85 million deal. Since then, he has done nothing but prove himself as an integral cog in the franchise.
Despite so many roster changes in those years, he has been a constant for the Heat. And last season, he emerged as one of the top scorers alongside Jimmy Butler. However, one of the biggest factors contributing to the Heat’s successful run last season was the team’s chemistry on the court.
So, if Miami Heat wants to remain in championship contention, bringing back most of their men for the 2020-21 campaign is the best way to go.
And Dragic being one of their beloved veterans, and a major contributor on court, there is no way Heat were going to let him leave.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Keith Smith, “Goran Dragic’s contract with the Miami Heat is fairly straightforward: 2020-21: $18,000,000 2021-22: $19,440,000 (team option).”
This means the deal is for $34 million for 2-years. However, this lucrative contract does not affect their ability to sign other players. They will still be active in free agency with cap exceptions.
Also, Miami is saving up to sign Milwaukee Bucks‘ superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo, who will be a free agent in 2021. This is one of the biggest reasons they haven’t given Bam Adebayo his maximum rookie extension. As long as they have cap space for that, the Heat are willing to do anything.
Dragic slacks a bit on the defensive end, but his scoring is essential for the Heat’s offense. Keeping their core intact will help Heat maintain their flexibility for next summer. Hence, this deal works both ways.
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