Goran Dragic is heading to the Miami Heat according to reports via a mega trade with the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, but is the deal actually good value for the former perennial NBA contenders?
The Heat were one of the most dominant franchises in the history of the NBA during the four seasons that LeBron James was in Florida. Four NBA Finals appearance and two titles are testament to that. But now without King James, the Heat are struggling to even get to .500.
However, personnel in Miami have put their reputations on the line with this latest trade, with Goran Dragic seen by many as the answer to the Heat's problems.
Dragic is by no means a replacement for LeBron James, but what he can do is run the offense for the Heat. Currently, the Eastern Conference Champions are lost on offense and Dragic's arrival will give them a boost. But is he really worth it?
Reports have detailed that Miami are sending Danny Granger, Norris Cole, Shawne Williams, Jordan Hamilton and two first round picks to the Suns for the Dragic brothers.
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The move was essential for the Suns, with the ball club determined to at least get something for a player that was slated to become a free agent this summer.
Dragic is at his best when he's allowed to take control of proceedings, something which he will be able to do more with the Heat.
Even though Dragic could end up being nothing more than a rental for the Heat, the fact that the point guard listed Miami as one of his preferred destinations in any trade gives credence to the notion that he will stay in Florida beyond this season.
In a Bleacher Report article on Thursday, the website asked fans whether or not the deal was a good one for the Suns, with 60.8% responding with a firm yes that it was a good move for Phoenix.
But what about the Heat? Well, the trade definitely leaves Miami well short of first-round picks in the next few years, but in reality, the move is also a good one for Miami as well. The Heat have been looking for an elite point guard that can complement Dwyane Wade, and in Dragic, they have certainly found a player that can do that.