With former Miami Heat point guard, Goran Dragic, officially entering free agency after a buyout with the San Antonio Spurs, the 13-year veteran should be atop the target list for many title contenders—especially Miami.
The Heat will play one last game—Thursday night against the Charlotte Hornets before the team takes a week-long reset for the NBA All-Star break. While injuries have begun to pile up for Miami, the team still remains in the top two of the Eastern Conference standings.
With key components like Victor Oladipo ramping up his rehab with G-League affiliate, the Sioux Falls Skyforce, Tyler Herro continuing to rest with a knee injury, and Markieff Morris—who still hasn’t played since the Nikola Jokic incident—hopefully gearing up for a return during the homestretch of the regular season, Miami looks poised for a deep playoff push.
The question though that remains is this. Should Miami look to bring back the veteran point guard in Goran Dragic?
The answer is almost as simple and straightforward as the question. Yes, they absolutely should, ABSOLUTELY!
The Miami Heat are a deep team this year, but that doesn’t mean more depth would hurt. With that and a want to pursue Goran Dragic, should they?
The left-handed Slovenian native played the best basketball of his career in his seven seasons in Miami, making his lone All-Star nod during the 2017-18 campaign. He can still add solid relief to starting point, Kyle Lowry, if need be or one of his current backups, at the very worst.
While Lowry has lived up to the Miami Heat Culture that so clearly was oozing out of him this offseason, Father Time is undefeated. The scrappy point guard will be 36-years-old next month.
That makes the window for a title push in South Beach narrower. That’s also the window that sees Goran Dragic enter.
Realistically, that could be two veteran point guards with plenty of playoff experience who can play on a 60/40 timeshare. With both players being solid defenders for their relative sizes, consistent jump shooters, and reliable ball-handlers, the pair could be, somewhat, interchangeable.
Dragic, who has a history of playing off the bench, would bolster an already strong group of Miami ball handlers and the depth, overall. Jumping into a familiar Erik Spoelstra offense would allow Goran to get right back to form.
To double down, it would also continue to make an already formidable Heat team, that much more of a favorite to represent the Eastern Conference in the NBA Finals. Get it done Pat!