Miami Heat Aqcuire Goran Dragic From Phoenix Suns in Trade


The Miami Heat have traded for point guard Goran Dragic from the Phoenix Suns, according to multiple reports.

Just when so many doubted Pat Riley, the Miami Heat were able to pull off a trade for star point guard Goran Dragic.

In return, the Heat sent a pair of first round picks to the Phoenix Suns, as well as unloaded the contracts of Danny Granger, Shawne Williams, Justin Hamilton and Norris Cole.

The move not only solves Miami’s point guard problem, but makes it a position of strength. Dragic excels at running the pick-and-roll. His game should elevate specialty dive man Hassan Whiteside and stretch-4 Chris Bosh. It will also allow Dwyane Wade to handle to the ball less and do the off-ball stuff (cutting, posting up, etc.) that he does so well.

With the Heat in the midst of a final playoff push, Dragic rounds out what will be a very good starting five. What’s more if that Riley didn’t have to give up impact players like Luol Deng, Chris Andersen or even Josh McRoberts to pull off the deal.

EARLIER: Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnaroswski has the details on the trade. It seems as though Pat Riley has worked a miracle by trading for Dragic without giving up Luol Deng, Chris Andersen or even Josh McRoberts in return.

Instead, the Heat will unload the contract of Danny Granger and Shawne Williams. Miami will also get the brother of Goran, Zoran Dragic.

As later reported by Woj, Williams and Cole will be sent to New Orleans for forward John Salmons.

EVEN EARLIERER: The Miami Heat have acquired point guard Goran Dragic from the Phoenix Suns.

Dragic made his wishes to get traded known earlier in the week, and named the Heat as a preferred destination. Since then Pat Riley has engaged in talks with the Suns. It’s unclear what the Heat have sent to Phoenix, but it likely included a pair of future first round picks.

Dan Le Batard says the Heat traded Danny Granger, Justin Hamilton, Norris Cole, Shawne Williams and the pair of firsts for Dragic. That has yet to be confirmed or seconded by other reports.

Earlier reports indicated Miami was also offering a combination of Norris Cole, Chris Andersen and Josh McRoberts as well but it’s unclear if they have been involved in the deal as of publishing.

Dragic is averaging 16.2 points and 4.1 assists per game for the Suns this season. He excels at running the pick-and-roll and will help fill the flaming crater that has been Miami’s point guard spot.

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