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April 2, 2015 Updates

The Knicks will make their pass at Marc Gasol and LaMarcus Aldridge, and likely at Rajon Rondo and/or Goran Dragic, too, but expect them to be aggressive in pursuing as many young free agents as possible. Jackson does not want to build a team around players in their early 30s. That means Reggie Jackson, Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight will factor prominently on the Knicks’ radar as the team looks to avoid its long-standing habit of indulging in short-term fixes that set the franchise back in the long term. Sporting News

March 26, 2015 Updates

Asked about the on-court dynamic between the two during their 46 games as a backcourt tandem, Thomas said, “It was nice. When we did play together, it worked. He’s a hell of a player.” “I talked with Isaiah. He’s happy here. He was a great teammate. We had a good relationship,” added Dragic, who then offered a glowing scouting report on Thomas, who returned from injury on Wednesday. “He can score in bunches. He’s an offensive-minded player. If he’s hot, he can score 30 points easy. He has that quality to put his team on his shoulders, especially on offense.” WEEI.com

March 24, 2015 Updates

At the moment, the Heat have only $30 million in salary on their books for 2016-17. That's what has had Riley consistently stressing the possibilities of that offseason to season-ticket holders. Except. Except that Goran Dragic can, and likely will, opt out of the $7.5 million on his contract for next season. And then expect to be paid . . . in a negotiation that practically could reach the level of extortion, considering the two first-round picks the Heat dealt to the Phoenix Suns for the guard at the trading deadline. Against that scenario, figure something in the $20 million range for Dragic, merited or otherwise. South Florida Sun-Sentinel

The future is uncertain, and by getting two picks spaced four years apart, Phoenix maximized its chances of catching the Heat in a down cycle at least once. The Suns might have been able to snag Luol Deng in that same trade, but they never asked about him, according to sources familiar with the talks. That’s especially revealing in connection with the whirlwind of deals that accompanied the Dragic trade: the three-team blockbuster that ended with Brandon Knight in Phoenix, and the separate deal sending Thomas to Boston for another pick. Grantland

March 21, 2015 Updates
March 16, 2015 Updates

But if Dragic is a fit, perhaps Miami does not need another star. “I think he fits with what we want to build and what we want to do in the future,” Wade said. “Personality-wise, I think he fits. I believe so, but that’s not my call. But I know the front office did a great job doing their homework before they made the move and they wouldn’t have made it if they didn’t think he was a long-term fit for us. I think we all like him.” Palm Beach Post

As good as that group sounds, Wade does not think Miami has quite enough to contend for an Eastern Conference title next season. “That five is pretty good, if everyone’s healthy, but you need a little bit more than that,” he said. “I feel that it gives us a better opportunity than we had coming into this season, then you continue to add certain pieces if you can. If we come back next season healthy and everybody’s going, we still need to add a few pieces. We could be pretty good.” Palm Beach Post

March 9, 2015 Updates

Dragic, who wants to stay with the Heat longterm, already has forged a close bond with Wade: “When I played against him, I thought he was a scorer. I didn’t know he was such a great passer. It’s so easy to play with this kind of player. [And] Wade is such a nice person. He embraced me.” Dragic is learning Wade’s tendencies; when Dragic penetrated, he passed to Wade for a three-pointer recently and “I said, ‘Shoot it.’ He said, ‘I don’t feel comfortable. It’s not my game.’” Miami Herald

March 7, 2015 Updates

Dragic would like to remain in Miami after this season but reiterated Friday that he is officially leaving his options open. The point guard has a player option for next season but will decline it to become a free agent. “I feel really comfortable here, so for sure this is one of the main options,” Dragic said. Dragic is expected to command a max contract next season, and the Heat, who hold Dragic’s Bird Rights, is the only team who can offer him a five-year deal. Dragic is still living at a hotel during the season but indicated he plans on finding a permanent home in the offseason. “I’m waiting on my wife to come,” Dragic said. “She’s going to figure that out.” Miami Herald

March 6, 2015 Updates
March 5, 2015 Updates

Goran Dragic: I'm going to stay in the hotel until the end of the season, and then we're going to see how the team is going to develop. I just want to be focused on trying to help the team as much as possible get to the playoffs. But at the end of the season, of course I'm going to think about that option of staying. I'm really hoping to stay in Miami because I really like it, but you never know. I'm a free agent, so I'm going to explore my options. Bleacher Report

Goran Dragic: My No. 1 wish was to go to Miami, who I found out later had tried to get me a couple of years ago when I was in Houston. Miami offered everything—a great market, great players, their championship mentality. They always want to do well, and I think that it was a good fit for me. I was pushing for this situation, but I still didn't know if the Suns were going to send me there. I was in a tough spot, but things worked out in the end. Bleacher Report

Goran Dragic: When I now look back on what I said about the Suns before the trade—"I don't trust them anymore...I don't feel comfortable with my situation"—I feel bad because it came out a little too harsh. I didn't mean it like that, but it happened in that moment, so I cannot go back and change it. I just said what I was thinking. I'm an honest guy, and I had never said something bad about that organization. They were always great to me—they were like family—so I didn't mean that. But at the same time, I thought that the situation was not good any more for me, so that's why it came out like that. Bleacher Report

March 3, 2015 Updates

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