With the Heat’s loss to the Raptors last Saturday night, they are now probably heading for an early off-season, unless of course, the Nets lose their last two games.
And if the Nets do win at least one of their remaining games—the Heat have no choice but to start looking towards next season and analyze what tweaks need to be made. One of the issues they’ll have to face is what to do about their point guard Goran Dragic, who has the choice to opt out and test free agency for the upcoming off-season.
But it seems like Heat fans may not have to worry too much about this, as Dragic is already leaning towards staying with his current team, according to Joseph Goodman of the Miami Herald:
Goran Dragic: “I’m a free agent but I like this organization. I hope to stay here.”
— Joseph Goodman (@JoeGoodmanJr) April 12, 2015
Surely, a lot could alter Dragic’s decision between now and then, but nonetheless, with him staying the Heat will likely need to offer him a max-contract, which means more potential cap issues. After giving up two future first-round picks, they really can’t afford to lose him from a basketball standpoint.
Once Dragic is secured long-term in Miami—the next few seasons will definitely be interesting as the combination of him, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, Luol Deng and the emerging Hassan Whiteside may eventually become a fearsome starting unit that could put them in good position to vie for another title run.
Benjamin Felix Santos is an aspiring NBA writer, who bleeds the purple and gold. His love and passion for the game will never die.