The Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat have agreed to a deal just over 10 minutes before the NBA Trade Deadline that will send Goran Dragic to the Heat, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, Sam Amick, and Marc Stein.
Phoenix will also ship Goran’s brother Zoran to Miami in exchange for Danny Granger, Justin Hamilton, and two first round picks. It works out for Phoenix to make this move as Dragic was not going to pick up his player option after this season ended, so they were able to acquire players and picks for the future in the process.
Miami also shipped back-up point guard Norris Cole to the New Orleans Pelicans in the deal that resulted in John Salmons moving from New Orleans to Phoenix.
With Dragic being shipped to the Eastern Conference, it will loosen the effects of the trade a tad knowing that they will not have to worry about facing him down the stretch run and/or in the playoffs.
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Goran Dragic was averaging 16.2 points, 4.1 assists, and 3.6 rebounds per game in his third season with the Suns this year. He will likely take over the starting point guard role for the Miami Heat going forward.
The Heat currently sit in 8th in the Eastern Conference standings at 22-30 as they are tied with the Charlotte Hornets. Brooklyn, Boston, Detroit, and Indiana are all nipping on the Heat’s heels as the second half begins.
Miami now boasts a starting lineup of Dragic, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng, Chris Bosh, and Hasaan Whiteside. With that lineup moving forward the Heat could definitely help solidify themselves in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. Should be interesting to see if how well they play down the stretch dictates whether or not Dragic picks up his player option following the conclusion of the season or if he hits free agency.
Twitter reactions from Suns’ fans were seen left and right, but this tweet may take the prize as the tweet of the day. All you Game of Thrones fans will appreciate this: