Report: Kawhi Leonard Going to Raptors Puts Goran Dragic in Play for Lakers'
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Speculation about Kawhi Leonard’s future destination has reached a fever pitch with recent reports saying that he will be returning to the Toronto Raptors.

If that happens, according to a report, Goran Dragic may end up being the consolation prize for the Los Angeles Lakers, who are one of Leonard’s most ardent suitors.

In order for Dragic to come to L.A., however, he will have to be traded, since he is not a free agent after opting into the final year of his $19.2 million contract. That would be the tricky part since the Lakers have very few moving parts available after gutting their roster in a trade that brought Anthony Davis to Tinseltown.

The 33-year-old point guard is hoping to get back into his All-Star form after missing most of last season with a knee injury. He could be a better alternative for the Lakers than most point guards available in the market right now.

The Heat would be more than willing to send him to L.A., as they are looking to trade Dragic to free up cap space.

The 11-year veteran averaged 13.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists last season.

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Omar is a freelance writer who has followed the NBA for more than 30 years. Prior to the Internet, he devoured every reading material he could find on the game from newspaper articles to books and magazines. He became a Heat fan the moment they acquired Tim Hardaway and his killer crossover, and lamented not seeing him and Alonzo Mourning win a championship. Seeing Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh play in Miami was a surreal moment for him and more so after they validated the Decision with back-to-back championships. He is ecstatic to cover Miami basketball for Heat Nation.