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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

April 6, 2015 Updates
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Dragic has been feeling “slow” for a month now, though he was not visibly off until recently. This is not even about the numbers he has been putting up, which are not good, but how he looks and feels. “It’s like I cannot develop my speed and get going,” he said. That is not a good sign for the Heat. Since putting up a big game in Boston last week, Dragic has averaged nine points, 4.5 assists and three turnovers in 33.5 minutes over the last four games. He is shooting 35.6 percent, including 4 of 13 on 3-pointers. Palm Beach Post

April 2, 2015 Updates

It could be Bryant’s final season, and the franchise does not want to send him off with yet another rebuilding year, though that might be in the best long-term interest of the team. Assuming the Lakers stay in win-soon mode, it is a safe bet that they will go hard after the two top point guards on the market, with Bryant’s pal Rajon Rondo at the head of the list and Goran Dragic behind him. Sporting News

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
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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

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