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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

"They're all different," James said. "But I think every last playoff series for me is a learning experience, especially in my younger days. But some of them was even in my later days, like my first year in Miami (against Dallas), those playoff series, I learned so much from that, all the way to the last one that I lost (against San Antonio), on how to improve my game. So it's either ways I can improve my game—which is the most important thing. If I don't play well in a series, I critique that whole series and I look what I was doing, what I could have done. And if there's something that I couldn't do well in that series, I work on it all summer. And I don't know, I just approach it that way. I take it very seriously. Like I say, I'm a totally different person in the playoffs." Bleacher Report

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

 

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