4
| Sports |

Miami Heat Gets Goran Dragic From Suns For Granger, Hamilton and Two First-Round Draft Picks (Updated)

^
Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

Apparently, Pat Riley thinks Goran Dragic is the man to turn this Heat season around. According to numerous reports, the Miami Heat has traded Shawne Williams, Justin Hamilton, Danny Granger, and two first-round picks to the Phoenix Suns for the Slovenian star. Norris Cole was shipped to New Orleans in a separate deal for John Salmons.

Update: The Heat has also obtained Goran's brother, Zoran, which is sort of like signing Kourtney to get Kim, but oh well.

With a 22-30 record, the post-LeBron Heat is far from guaranteed a spot in this year's playoffs. However, the team supposedly has the easiest remaining schedule in the NBA.

There were rumors, though, that the Heat might deal Hassan Whiteside or Luol Deng before today's trade deadline, it appears that now Dragic will join them, along with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, to form the core of the team going forward for the rest of the season.

Dragic reportedly let the Suns know he wanted off the team and would not re-sign with Phoenix over the offseason. He'll now try to seek a five-year deal with the Heat worth more than $100 million in time for next season. He's been averaging 20.3 points and 5.9 assists a game this year.

Of course, Heat fans will miss Norris Cole, who charmed us with his flattop and occasional feats of basketball genius. Phoenix, by the way, dealt Cole to the Pelicans, so we won't be seeing him in desert wear.


Follow Miami New Times on Facebook.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.

 

Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.