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February 19, 2015 Updates

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

He also relishes being able to play point guard again; Phoenix was playing him primarily at shooting guard. “It’s a great fit,” Filipovich said. “Goran and Wade to bring the ball up, create offense, very good shooters –-- very interesting team. A playoff team. He feels lucky he ended up in Miami. He’s very happy.” Dragic could command a five-year, $100 million deal with the Heat this summer, and Miami wouldn’t have made the trade without plans to keep him. “It’s not difficult to cut a deal [when] you’re talking about Pat Riley,” Filipovich said. Miami Herald

“We are incredibly pleased to take another step in getting the Miami HEAT back to real championship prominence with the acquisition of Goran Dragic,” said HEAT President Pat Riley. “Goran is an All-NBA player, including the Most Improved Player last season, and we felt that once he became available, we would do all that we could to acquire him. We feel he is the perfect complement to the players we have on the team. We are also pleased to bring his brother, Zoran, into the HEAT family. He had a great summer during international play and it’s great to have a brother-brother duo and someone that can help us in our rotation.” NBA.com

Marc Stein: Suns recently offered Dragic for Brandon Knight. Bucks said no. Now Bucks get the guys they wanted all along -- MCW and Ennis -- for Knight Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

Paul Coro: Sources confirm that Goran Dragic has been traded to Miami. He got off the Suns bus momentarily and hugged equipment manager Jay Gaspar. Twitter @paulcoro

Paul Coro: Goran Dragic is boarding the Suns bus for the airport. That doesn't mean he can't be called back at the airport. #buswatch Twitter @paulcoro

Sam Amick: In deal sending Suns point guard Goran Dragic to the Miami Heat, I'm told his brother, Zoran, is also outbound. @Marc Stein first. Twitter @sam_amick

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