Dragic's team option for the 2021-22 season was picked up by the Heat on Sunday, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. The option is for a relatively hefty $19.4 million, so it's unclear if the Heat actually plan to keep Dragic around or perhaps use his salary in a trade or a sign-and-trade this offseason. The veteran guard's production took a slight dip last season after a fantastic 2019-20 campaign, as he averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.8 three-pointers in 26.7 minutes per contest. At age 35, Dragic's best days are likely behind him, but he's hit at least 36.7 percent of his three-pointers in four of the last five seasons.
Dragic will start in Game 3 against the Bucks on Thursday, freelance basketball reporter Kane Pitman reports. Miami made an adjustment to the starting lineup after falling down 0-2 in the series. The veteran guard should take on a slightly larger workload as the team looks to avoid falling behind 0-3. He's scored 21.5 points per game through two games so far in Round 1.
Dragic had 18 points (5-11 FG, 1-5 3Pt, 7-8 FT) and four assists in Monday's Game 2 loss to Milwaukee. Dragic's 18 points were second on the team behind Dewayne Dedmon's 19, which says a lot about how the game transpired. Miami fell behind by 26 points after one quarter and was never able to claw its way back into the game. As a result, Dragic was limited to just 24 minutes after he saw 35 (and finished with 25 points) in Game 1.
Dragic produced 25 points (10-17 FG, 5-10 3Pt). two rebounds, an assist and a steal across 35 minutes in Saturday's 109-107 overtime loss to the Bucks. Dragic seemed to be present at every pivotal moment of this game, including a game-tying three-pointer in the game's closing seconds. Alongside a resurgent Duncan Robinson, Dragic outplayed Kendrick Nunn and Tyler Herro, who struggled with their shot in the loss. Although his salary in DFS contests will undoubtedly rise after this standout performance, he'll remain one of the best value plays on the roster.
Dragic (rest) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Detroit. Dragic will be inactive for the final game of the regular season since the Heat have already secured a playoff spot. Tyler Herro and Gabe Vincent could see increased run.
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