As expected, Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic has decided to opt out of his contract for next season, according to Jason Lieser of the Palm Beach Post. However, Dragic reiterated Thursday that he’d like to stay in Miami.
Dragic was traded to the Heat by the Phoenix Suns at the trade deadline because the point guard made it known that he’d opt out of his deal and go elsewhere in the summer. His player option was just $7.5 million, and he should get a hefty raise this offseason. Teams like the New York Knicks and Los Angeles Lakers are sure to come knocking on his door, but he seems pretty content in Miami:
“Of course,” he said. “If you’re gonna find the same language, then it’s easy for everybody. It’s hard to talk about that right now. We’ll see. I need to sit down with my family and explore the options and see what option is the best, but the last two months that I was here was beautiful for me.”
While the season ended in disappointment for the Heat because of injuries, Dragic played well. He averaged 16.6 points and 5.3 assists while shooting 50.2 percent from the field overall in 26 games with Miami.
Dragic’s three-point shooting dipped with the Heat, but he continued to be one of the best in the league at finishing at the rim. The point guard made 69.0 percent of his shots at the rim in Miami, well above the league average of 60.0 percent, per NBA.com.
There are some questions as to what kind of deal Dragic is worth. He turns 29 in May and may seek out a max contract. That price, or something close, may be a bit steep, although it wouldn’t look as bad when the cap goes up in 2016.