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Goran Dragic available to play Friday vs. Knicks [UPDATE]

Dragic had missed his ninth straight game Wednesday due to groin injury, adds depth to Miami backcourt.

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic dribbles the ball against the Houston Rockets during the third quarter at Toyota Center. Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: Dragic is available to play Friday night vs. the Heat.

So with Dragic back, that may take away from some of the minutes both Kendrick Nunn and Duncan Robinson were soaking up in the back court with Jimmy Butler. We’re not sure how much Dragic will play or if he’ll come off the bench or not. For now, I think it’s best to play it safe with Dragic in season-long. In DFS, he’d only really offer some leverage in GPPs.

The Miami Heat are optimistic PG Goran Dragic will return to the lineup Friday vs. the New York Knicks, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Dragic has missed the past nine games and he isn’t going to return Wednesday night vs. the Philadelphia 76ers. He’s been out due to a groin injury and has struggled with health issues for what seems like the past couple of seasons. If Dragic can get back on the court, it’s unclear if he’ll return to the starting lineup or come off the bench. The Heat have a lot of depth at guard with the emergence of Duncan Robinson and Kendrick Nunn. Plus Jimmy Butler and Justise Winslow. Dragic may be an afterthought even if he is back and he’d likely be on a minutes limit anyway.