Miami Heat trade with Boston Celtics sees family partnership end

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Only yesterday we brought you news that the Miami Heat had traded away Shabazz Napier in an effort to reduce their luxury tax hit.


Now, less than 24 hours later, fresh reports have revealed another player is following the young point guard out the exit door in South Florida.

According to Ira Winderman of the Sun Sentinal, Zoran Dragic is to be traded to the Boston Celtics.


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Winderman also notes that, per an NBA source, the Heat will receive a future second-round pick as part of the trade deal.

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Zoran Dragic arrived at the Miami Heat in a trade deadline deal with the Phoenix Suns that saw his brother, Goran, come on board.

With Goran the main focus of the deal, Zoran has struggled to find a role in Miami and was limited to just 10 appearances for the Heat after his mid-season move.

A desire for more playing time, alongside Miami's interest in reducing their salary cap, was the main motivation behind the trade with Boston.

Family split

The deal, once confirmed, does though mean that the Slovenian brothers will be on separate NBA rosters for the first time since Zoran Dragic arrived in Phoenix from Spain's Unicaja Málaga in 2014.

Despite this family split, it isn't though Goran Dragic will hold a grudge with the Miami hierarchy's decision.

Making room

In fact, Goran Dragic's own big money deal this offseason has likely played a big factor in moving on his brother to the Celtics. With the Heat also inking Dwyane Wade to a new contract this summer, the franchise are attempting to balance the books a little with some trade deals.

Napier and Zoran Dragic have already left this week and it looks like veteran title winner Mario Chalmers is the next in line.

Having been shopped for much of the offseason, reports suggest Miami are still keen on offloading the point guard.

Heat fans: Are you happy with your team's offseason moves, and can you challenge for the title? Have your say in the comments below...

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