The expectation has been that Goran Dragic will re-sign with the Miami Heat this summer, and the Heat plan on trying to secure a commitment as early as possible in free agency. But interestingly enough, it appears Miami doesn’t plan on offering the point guard a full max contract, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein.
Stein says the Heat are planning on offering Dragic a five-year deal “in excess” of $80 million, which would be around $20 million less than what they could offer with a full max contract. Other teams can only offer him four years, but they can offer him $85 million, so it’ll be interesting to see if another team (Perhaps the Los Angeles Lakers or New York Knicks?) throw that max at him.
Dragic came to the Heat from the Phoenix Suns at the trade deadline. He played well in Miami, although the season ended in disappointment thanks to Chris Bosh‘s health issues and other key injuries. Even so, the point guard said he had “a great time” and has expressed that he wants to be back.
We’ll see if this offer has an effect on Dragic’s desire to re-sign in Miami. The Heat will also likely have Dwyane Wade‘s free agency to worry about this summer, and possibly Luol Deng‘s as well. The team wants all these players back, but they’re also trying to maintain some flexibility moving forward.