Miami Heat News: Goran Dragic To Opt Out And Enter Free Agency

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While it was expected for some time that Goran Dragic would opt out of the final year of his contract, now it’s official.

Ira Winderman of The Sun Sentinel has confirmed that Dragic will opt out and head into free agency this offseason. Dragic held a player option for the 2015-16 season which would have paid him $7.5 million. However, the 28-year-old point guard has made it clear that his desire is to sign a long-term contract with a team.

Though the most likely scenario is for Dragic to re-sign with the Heat, you simply never know when a player hits free agency. Along with Rajon Rondo, the Slovenian star will be the most highly-sought free agent point guard on the market.

If a team with cap space such as the Los Angeles Lakers misses out on a player like Rondo, they will no doubt be willing to offer a lot of money to a player just entering his prime such as Dragic. The veteran point guard made it clear that receiving a fifth year from Miami would be big.

Despite the Heat missing the playoffs, Dragic played a huge role for Miami during the second half of the season and was clearly the team’s second option on offense after Chris Bosh was ruled out for the season following the All-Star break. Goran averaged 16.6 points, 5.3 assists and 3.4 rebounds in 26 appearances for the Heat.
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D.J. Siddiqi grew up in the heart of South Florida in Broward County. Growing up in South Florida during the late 90's and 2000's, D.J. witnessed the Pat Riley years where the Miami Heat faced off with the New York Knicks all the way to the painful late 2000's seasons where the Heat were a one-man team with Dwyane Wade. D.J. has closely followed the Heat over the past decade-and-a-half, and unfortunately witnessed Game 2 of the 2011 NBA Finals in person when the Dallas Mavericks overcame a 15-point deficit to knock off the Heat. D.J. has writing experience as a columnist with sites such as Bleacher Report and Rant Sports, and he is proud to bring his knowledge of the Heat and the NBA to Heat Nation.