Goran Dragic downplays any notion that he and Dwyane Wade cannot thrive in the same backcourt. The two started alongside each other for a year and a half after Dragic was acquired from the Suns in February 2014. Dragic averaged 14.8 points in the 98 regular season games, including 14.1 points in 2015-16, his lowest output in six seasons in his only full season with Wade. Dragic, though, said it took time to learn how to play with several unfamiliar faces after joining Miami.
More Rumors in this Storyline
“People (got) this wrong, they said me and Dwyane Wade we didn’t co-exist or something,” Goran Dragic said today. “You know when you come to a new team it’s hard to find your spot at first. We had (Chris Bosh) at first, we had D-Wade, Joe Johnson, Luol Deng; there were a lot of players they were good and you just need time to adjust and fit into the system. “You could see the last year together we demonstrated we can play together.”
The Heat reacquired Dwyane Wade on Thursday in a deal with the Cavaliers. “That was never a concern for me, maybe for you guys outside this locker room,” Goran Dragic said. “I had a great relationship with him. He helped me a lot. I always said that. I’m happy to have him here. You know in the playoff run we had we we played well together. So, it is what it is, regardless of what people said.”
An “uneasy tension” exists between Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, but Heat coach Erik Spoelstra today dismissed the notion of any conflict among his backcourt stars, as Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald relays.
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst said the tension results from both needing the ball to be at their best. “The Heat has to make a decision: Will it be Dragic at the controls or Wade and I honestly think they’re better on the long haul with Dragic,” Windhorst said on ESPN on Monday. “It’s a huge decision for Spoelstra going forward… That will end up determining the outcome of this series.”
Erik Spoelstra, on a Brian Windhorst ESPN report of “uneasy tension” between Wade and Dragic: “It’s silly. Goran and Dwyane, not only are they playing much better with each other, which takes time — they’re both aggressive ball dominant players — but they enjoy each other. They enjoy when the other guy is able to be aggressive. They want each other to be able to play their games. And it’s getting better.”
Of controversial reports about the Heat, Erik Spoelsta said: “We’re used to it. Before playoffs even started 3 1/2 weeks ago, we said it brings out everything. A lot of noise. When you lose, there will be a lot of surprising storylines and narratives out there and you just have to be able to laugh at it.”
Storyline Hype Rumor visits per day for the last week
Views per day
February 24, 2018 | 12:47 pm EST Update
LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer on Saturday said that trading Blake Griffin was “a very difficult decision,” but that considerations about the future, as well as injury and chemistry concerns, necessitated the blockbuster deal with the Detroit Pistons. “[Griffin] is obviously a superstar player,” said Ballmer. “But if you look at what happened injury-wise, if you look at the kind of chemistry we were getting on our team, the thing you can see at the high level with the numbers when I started — one guy got all the assists, one guy got all the points and one guy got all the rebounds. It’s not all quite that way, but I think in the modern NBA, we were seeing it more and more — there’s a greater distribution of responsibility.”
“We have to add some pieces obviously, but I think we’re building for what I think is the modern NBA, and that trend has only accelerated since we signed Blake last summer.” Ballmer said that as the Clippers owner, he doesn’t believe in the practice commonly regarded as “tanking,” whereby teams strip their rosters of high-level talent and endure losing seasons with a focus on accumulating high draft picks.
Ballmer said that the Clippers organization deploys analytics in a number of areas, including health and coaching, but that he was most fascinated by the use of data with regard to the management of the NBA’s complex collective bargaining agreement, which governs the salary cap. Ballmer alluded to a trade the Clippers made this past offseason which sent former Clippers point guard Chris Paul to the Rockets for a collection of players. “I find it a very interesting numeric chess game, if you will,” Ballmer said. “There are teams that absolutely do it better, and do it worse. I see [Morey] sitting in the front row. We made a trade: Chris Paul for a number of guys back from Houston. I thought they did something very clever having a whole set of non-guaranteed contracts that really gave them more flexibility in putting the deal together with us than they would’ve had otherwise.”
The Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club has transferred guard Josh Magette and forward Andrew White III from Atlanta to the Erie BayHawks, the team’s NBA G League affiliate, it was announced today. Both players are on two-way contracts. In 31 games with Erie (29 starts), Magette has compiled 15.2 points, 9.9 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 34.8 minutes, leading the G League in assists while ranking 15th in steals.
Asked how he appraised his $2 billion bid for the Clippers in 2014 — then a record for an NBA team — Ballmer said he relied on both quantitative analysis and intelligence of the marketplace and the pool of potential buyers. “I looked at what the cash flows would be, and what kind of multiple you’d put on,” Ballmer said. “A team in L.A. is literally beachfront real estate. It’s worth a lot more than teams everywhere else. Because if you ever get a foreign buyer later on — foreign buyers only want to buy in a few cities, which I knew because it was part of the pressure on the price. There was a lurking foreign buyer, if you will, for the team. But ultimately, I knew what the price was in the good old-fashioned way: I knew what the next bidder wanted to pay.”
February 24, 2018 | 11:03 am EST Update
The All-Star forward became the first player to ever post 45 points, 15 rebounds, five steals and five blocks in a game since the NBA started recording steals and blocks in 1973-74. Davis has been playing at an MVP level since the team lost star center DeMarcus Cousins to a season-ending Achilles injury, and it’s given New Orleans the belief that it can remain a contender in the ultra-competitive Western Conference playoff race. “I looked at the stat sheet when we were walking in and I couldn’t believe he had 45 points,” Gentry said. “That’s not a good thing because, now, I almost feel like I’m taking him for granted.”