Goran Dragic entered free agency this offseason after helping power the Miami Heat to the 2020 NBA Finals and won’t be leaving South Beach anytime soon. The point guard is re-signing with the Heat on a two-year deal worth $37.4 million, per Shams Charania of The Athletic. He’s running it back with the team that helped him reach his first ever NBA Finals and should be a major contributor.
Dragic came off the bench for most of the 2019-20 season and averaged 16.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. He was forced from the starting lineup by Kendrick Nunn, but proved to be a much better option in the playoffs. Dragic averaged a career-high 19.1 points per game last postseason but missed most of the NBA Finals because of a foot injury he suffered in Week 1. He’ll likely kick off 2020 helping Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo run Miami’s offense as a starter.
This isn’t a bad move by the Heat, who have a ton of cap space to work with. It isn’t the type of splash they needed to jump into contention with the Bucks, but Miami probably considers itself a contender in the East anyway. Dragic was unable to finish out the NBA Finals against the Lakers due to a foot injury. If that becomes a constant during the season, Dragic may not end up in the starting lineup to begin the 2020-21 season.
Overall, Dragic isn’t the same player and the injuries are concerning. I wouldn’t really be targeting him too often in fantasy basketball unless it’s a very, very deep league. Dragic could eventually get healthy and be an asset as a waiver claim during the season if he can get into the starting 5. Until that happens it may be best to hold off on drafting Dragic. The Heat have young guards in Kendrick Nunn, Tyler Herro and Duncan Robinson who should all soak up the majority of the backcourt minutes with Jimmy Butler,