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Goran Dragic Reportedly Returning to Miami on 5-Year Deal

The Miami Heat traded two first-rounds picks to acquire Goran Dragic from Phoenix at last season’s trade deadline, forming a fearsome starting five that almost immediately was broken up when Chris Bosh was forced to miss the rest of the year. But as expected, Dragic has re-upped with the Heat, taking less than the max in the process:

They’re now most of the way there to re-assembling their starting five, with Luol Deng having already opted in for next and Dragic agreeing to a deal. All that remains is bringing back face of the franchise Dwyane Wade.

Heat president Pat Riley was confident they’d be able to bring Dragic back, as the 29-year-old had expressed how much he liked being in Miami.

This marks the second year in a row in which the Heat have kept a top-tier free agent in the fold, the other preventing Bosh from fleeing to Houston. They of course lost LeBron James, but this move sets them up to field a dangerous second-tier contender in the East while also allowing Riley to work his magic and attempt to pursue Kevin Durant, who’ll be a free agent next summer.

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