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February 23, 2015 Updates
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Goran Dragic, who wanted a trade out of Phoenix, said he was thrilled to be in Miami. "They won three championship rings," he said, "and everyone wants to play for a championship team." Miami got the Dragics — Goran being a third-team All-NBA point guard last season, Zoran a rookie shooting guard — in what became a seven-player, three-team trade on Thursday. USA Today Sports

In Utah, Kanter felt he wasn't receiving enough playing time, so he demanded a trade. In Oklahoma, Jackson felt his role diminished by the acquisition of Dion Waiters. Jackson longed to be a starter, in any case, with a paycheck to match. And in Phoenix, Dragic was simply unhappy. "When people don't want to be there, they can't produce," the team executive said. "If they didn't trade [Dragic], he wouldn't have played well for them." Bleacher Report

February 20, 2015 Updates

Lon Babby, team president of basketball operations, called the remarks "unfair and I think unwarranted." "It has always been my view that I will operate at the highest level of professionalism and integrity and the people that work with me will operate in the same fashion," Babby said, "and I'm confident that we do that." USA Today Sports

McDonough said he never saw the reported list of Dragic's preferred destinations. "Maybe it was written in vanishing ink," McDonough said. "I guess my perspective is it wasn't worth the paper it wasn't written on. ... Once he told us he didn't want to be here and the manner in which he and his agent handled the situation, we really didn't care if there was a list or not." USA Today Sports

He called Knight "the best player in the trade coming or going" and ,of criticism that the Suns traded their best player, McDonough said, "My response would be that Eric Bledsoe and Markieff Morris still are in Phoenix Suns uniforms." Knight, McDonough said, has excellent character and "has excelled in everything he has done his entire life." "He's one of the top 3-point shooters in the league," McDonough said. "He's a big-game player. He's a late-game player. He's a game closer." USA Today Sports

"I haven't played with a point guard with his ability since I've been here, in the league," Wade said Friday in the wake of the Thursday three-team deal that delivered Dragic and his brother, guard Zoran Dragic, from the Phoenix Suns to the Heat in exchange for Norris Cole, Danny Granger, Shawne Williams, Justin Hamilton and two future first-round draft picks. This is going to be great for everyone, a guy who can penetrate, set guys up, but also a guy who can score the basketball, as well, someone who's very tough. You want a tough guy to play with. He is that. Needless to say, I was very happy about what we were able to do at the trade deadline." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Bledsoe is averaging 35.60 FantasyScore points per game this year despite playing alongside two other offensive-minded guards in Goran Dragic and Isaiah Thomas. After both players were dealt at the deadline, Bledsoe will have the backcourt to himself against a Minnesota defense allowing the second most points per game to point guards. HoopsHype

February 19, 2015 Updates

Miami HEAT President Pat Riley announced today that they have acquired brothers Goran Dragic and Zoran Dragic from the Phoenix Suns in part of a three-team trade involving the New Orleans Pelicans. Phoenix received Danny Granger and two future first round draft picks from Miami and John Salmons from New Orleans while the Pelicans received Norris Cole, Justin Hamilton and Shawne Williams from the HEAT. NBA.com

The Phoenix Suns today completed a deal to acquire two future first-round draft picks from the Miami Heat. The Suns also received forward/guard Danny Granger from Miami and forward John Salmons, who will be waived, from the New Orleans Pelicans in the three-team trade. As part of the deal, the Suns send guards Goran Dragic and Zoran Dragic to the Heat and the Pelicans receive guard Norris Cole, center Justin Hamilton and forward Shawne Williams from Miami. The Suns received Miami’s 2017 first-round pick (protected to seven) and Miami’s unprotected 2021 first-round pick as part of the deal. NBA.com

The Heat fully intends to re-sign Dragic when he can exercise an opt out this summer, and Dragic is interested in that. One of his agents said Thursday it’s likely Dragic will be in Miami for the long-term. So why did Dragic include the Heat as one of his few preferred destinations (with the Knicks and Lakers)? “First, because it’s one of the best organizations in the NBA," Rade Filipovich, one of Dragic’s two agents (with Bill Duffy), said Thursday evening. “Second, they have a tremendous leader in Pat Riley and a tremendous coach in Erik Spoelstra. And they’ve got a pretty good team. He thinks this team can accomplish a lot. No question he likes playing with Dwyane Wade, one of the best players in the NBA, and playing with great players like Wade and Chris Bosh.” Miami Herald

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