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Report: Dallas Mavericks Willing Participant in 3-Team Deal to Facilitate Jimmy Butler Trade
- Updated: June 30, 2019
While the Heat and Philadelphia 76ers are at the center of this scenario, the Dallas Mavericks are reportedly willing to participate in a three-team deal.
However, the catch is it may cost the Heat beloved guard Goran Dragic.
As Heat canvas the league for potential 3rd teams to help absorb salary in a Jimmy Butler sign and trade, I’m told the Dallas Mavericks may be a willing participant if it nets them point guard Goran Dragic. @miaheatbeat @5ReasonsSports
— Greg Sylvander (@Lefty_Leif) June 30, 2019
Dragic, 33, has been the team’s starting point guard since he arrived in Miami in 2015. In that span, the veteran has earned an All-Star selection, posted great stats, and helped lead the Heat to the playoffs.
However, Dragic had a underwhelming 2018-19 campaign as he put up a mere 13.7 points, 4.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds in just 36 games.
Yet, the Mavericks are interested in the former All-Star. Perhaps the close relationship between Dragic and rising star Luka Doncic plays a role in that.
Both players are from Slovenia and have competed together on their national team. In fact, the pair won a championship at the FIBA EuroBasket in 2017.
On the flip side, the Heat would acquire a star in Butler, who is healthy and in his prime.
The 29-year-old put up 18.7 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game last season. While Butler isn’t considered one of the best players in the league, the four-time All-Star would immediately increase the Heat’s ability to compete for a title for next season.