HoopsHype Goran Dragic rumors


May 5, 2015 Updates

“As long as I’m in a happy environment and a healthy organization, that’s the most important thing,” Dragic said. “The next three, four, five years — I want to spend it on this kind of team, like the Miami Heat. They have great players, great coaching staff and great training staff.” The max contract for Dragic is about $110 million over five years, and the Heat are the only team that can give him that much — not to mention the enticement of Florida having no state income tax. Anyone else who wants to get in the game better be a heck of a salesman, given that other teams are limited to four years for roughly $85 million. Palm Beach Post

April 22, 2015 Updates

So the door remains open. Because it's Dragic's right. And because nothing can be closed until July 9, the first day new contracts can be signed after the NBA's accounting moratorium. Yes, nearly 12 weeks of limbo. "I had a great time here in Miami," Dragic said. "Like I said before, I want to come back. It's great. But we'll see what happens in free agency." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

While it is difficult to overlook an additional $30 million, Dragic said it also will be about more than money. "I mean, of course every offer, we're going to go through," he said, with the Los Angeles Lakers among the potential suitors. "But I think that the most important thing is the team, who is around me, what kind of style. Because, first of all, I want to be happy, happy to play that style of basketball that I want to play. And I think that's the main thing for now, not the money." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

April 20, 2015 Updates
April 18, 2015 Updates

Miami Heat and Slovenia guard Goran Dragic is likely to skip this summer’s international duties and not play at Eurobasket. Dragic has said that he will opt out of his contract with the Heat and become an unrestricted free agent this summer. TalkBasket

April 17, 2015 Updates

The tryout is over, apparently. Now it’s just business. “Of course, I need to sit down with my family, with my agent, and explore the options and see which option is the best for myself, but, like I said, the last two months was beautiful for me,” Dragic said. “We didn’t make the playoffs, but that doesn’t affect my decision. The teammates were great and the team has a bright future, the coaching staff, the organization.” Miami Herald

Wade said after Wednesday’s game that he doesn’t recruit free agents. He doesn’t have to. The Heat sells itself, says Wade, and it appears Dragic likes his new home even though he said it was difficult leaving his old teammates in Phoenix. Dragic and Wade played well together from the beginning, and they combined to lead the league in field-goal percentage among backcourt duos (48.5 percent). “For me, it’s pretty tough because I was part of two teams,” Dragic said of this season. “Now the exciting part is that I have new players, I have new friends … So, hopefully next year, if I’m staying here, that is going to be a better season than this year.” Miami Herald

Goran Dragic and Luol Deng have to decide whether they want to be back with the Heat next season, and the team is eager to have them. Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said today he thinks there is a good relationship between the organization and both players as they head toward potential free agency July 1. “We love them; Hopefully they love us,” Spoelstra said. “I love working with them and our staff loved working with them. They’re two pros. From an objective point of view, they’re not difficult guys to work with. They’re absolute pros, the kind of guys you want to build your team around, the guys you want to go to work with, the guys you want to be in a foxhole with. Palm Beach Post

April 16, 2015 Updates

But perhaps the most encouraging aspect of Wednesday's closing night, beyond the Heat securing hope of likely retaining their first-round pick in the NBA Draft lottery, was Dragic speaking of how much he enjoyed his time with the team since arriving at the Feb. 19 trading deadline. "The last two months, one month and a half, that I was here was beautiful for me," he said. "And I know we didn't make the playoffs, but that doesn't affect my decision. The teammates, they were great. I still think that the team has a bright future, the coaching staff, the organization." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

April 15, 2015 Updates

Goran Dragic has said all along he wants to re-sign with Miami this summer, and reiterated today it might not be necessary to speak with other teams in free agency. “Of course,” he said. “If you’re gonna find the same language, then it’s easy for everybody. It’s hard to talk about that right now. We’ll see. I need to sit down with my family and explore the options and see what option is the best, but the last two months that I was here was beautiful for me.” Dragic has an opt-out in his contract after this season and has already decided to use it. That would put him in position to sign a longer deal with the Heat or test the open market. Palm Beach Post

April 12, 2015 Updates

At some point in this offseason, Dragic said he will discuss it with his family and agent. His brother, Zoran, is also on the Heat roster. The two played together with the Phoenix Suns and will likely remain teammates wherever they play in 2015-16. The Los Angeles Lakers are among who have been reportedly interested in Goran Dragic. Dragic did, however, hint staying in Miami seemed the best option. "I'm a free agent," Dragic said. "I like this organization. Hopefully, I can stay here and try to have a good season next year." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

April 10, 2015 Updates

Here are Dragic’s top five American cities, in no particular order (well, one of them is in order): “Miami is No. 1. I like how the city is built right on the water. The weather is nice. I like it because every time we came here, if you stay after the game, you can go out and eat. If it’s 1 a.m. or 2 a.m., places are open. I struggled with that in Phoenix because all the restaurants close at 10 p.m. You couldn’t get nothing to eat. But I like it here because it’s a lot of different cultures, too. I really like that because it’s a different flavor.” Palm Beach Post

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