The Miami Heat got their man.READ MORE: Miami-Dade Schools Offering COVID-19 Vaccinations At Schools For Eligible Students, Their Families, Staff
After days of reports linking guard Goran Dragic to the Heat, Pat Riley sent one over the fence on Thursday with just minutes left to spare until the 3 p.m. NBA trade deadline, acquiring the Suns’ point guard along with brother, Zoran.
The details are still being worked out but Miami appears to have traded Norris Cole, Danny Granger, Shawne Williams, Justin Hamilton, and two first-round picks (expected to be in 2017 and 2019), according to an ESPN report. Per NBA rules, the team isn’t allowed to trade consecutive first-round picks, and Miami’s 2015 first-rounder will be heading to Philly barring it’s not in the top 10.
The deal was first reported by ESPN’s Marc Stein.READ MORE: Stage Nearly Set For Miss Universe Pageant At Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino In Hollywood
Goran Dragic is averaging 16.2 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 4.1 assists this season, shooting 50 percent from the field and 36 percent from behind the arc. His efficiency at the rim is also well above average, notes Grantland’s Kirk Goldsberry.
Last year, he was named to the All-NBA third team and won the league’s most improved player award after putting up 20.3 points and 5.9 assists. His numbers have dipped this season in part because of Phoenix’s plethora of ball-dominant guards in Dragic, Eric Bledsoe, and Isaiah Thomas, with the latter being signed last summer.
His younger brother, Zoran, also acquired by Miami, is a rookie having played sparingly in six games this season after spending the last three years in Spain.MORE NEWS: There Is No Gas Shortage In South Florida, Panic Buying Led To Long Lines At Gas Stations
Goran’s nickname is “The Dragon.”