Goran Dragic is reportedly “available” by the Miami Heat. But, to be fair, half the Heat roster can be shipped if Riley is intrigued by the deal.
Now, these are just trade scenarios with teams I see Goran Dragic fitting the best with. Using the ESPN Trade Machine, I will come up with three interesting, yet fun, trade scenarios.
There will be three scenarios: two that are reasonable trades, and one that could be considered a blockbuster.
1. New York Knicks
The point guards the New York Knicks have are Frank Ntilikina, Emmanuel Mudiay and Trey Burke. None of three have really made a case on being a starting caliber point guard.
Miami fixes the problem by sending Dragic to New York for Courtney Lee and Frank Ntilikina.
Ntilikina wouldn’t start in Miami, but he’d be a solid backup to Tyler Johnson. For financial reasons, the Knicks throw in Lee.
Miami gets out of Dragic’s contract and gets a solid backup PG and a three point shooting veteran SG. The Knicks get a starting caliber point guard in Dragic, who will pair with Kristaps Porzingis.
2. Philadelphia 76ers
Now remember, it’s obvious these trades are highly unrealistic, but we are simply looking at good fits for Dragic, that also work financially.
That leads to Miami sending Dragic to Philadelphia for Markelle Fultz and Jerryd Bayless.
Miami is going to want something in return and, somehow, convinces the 76ers to include Fultz.
Fultz, the number one overall pick in the 2017 draft, only played in 14 games as he was dealing with an injury.
Philly gets an established veteran point guard who would play off of Ben Simmons, or lead the second unit. Dragic can get to the rim as well as knock down the three.
Along with Fultz, Miami gets another solid guard in Bayless.
It’s certainly a risk for both teams, more so for Philadelphia.
3. Los Angeles Clippers
Dragic in a Clippers jersey? I can definitely see it.
When the Clippers traded away Chris Paul to Houston last offseason, the LA received Patrick Beverley in return. Beverley, dealing with injury, only played in 11 games in 2017.
In a “blockbuster” trade, the Clippers will send G Patrick Beverley, G Lou Williams and F Wesley Johnson to Miami for G Goran Dragic and F Justice Winslow.
This trade actually seems pretty fair. In the make believe phone call, the Clippers wouldn’t do the trade without receiving Winslow.
Despite losing Williams, the Clippers upgrade at the point guard spot by adding Dragic. And bringing in Winslow also gives the Clippers more versatility on defense.
Miami gets one of the most prolific scorers off the bench in Lou Williams, who can go off for 40 on any given night.
The Heat often lacked a go to scorer last season, but Lou should have no issues filling that void.
Assuming Wade returns, the Heat will have plenty of shooting guards with Williams, Wade, Waiters, Johnson, Ellington and McGruder.
Again, these are highly unlikely trades, but fun to imagine, nonetheless.
It seems doubtful that Riley deals Dragic, but if he’s dealt to the Knicks, 76ers or Clippers, you read it hear first.