Dragic has exercised his $19.2 million player option for 2019-20, Shams Charania of The Athletic reports. Dragic, who will be entering his age 33 season, appeared in just 36 games last season due to injury. Even though he was named an All-Star in 2017-18, his $19.2 million option represents a number that is likely significantly above market value. Dragic figures to open next season as the favorite for the Heat's starting point guard job.
Dragic delivered 15 points (6-13 FG, 1-4 3Pt, 2-3 FT), nine assists, seven rebounds, and four steals in 38 minutes during Friday's 111-109 loss to the Timberwolves. Dragic has snagged at least four steals in two of the last three tilts. Furthermore, he should be expected to remain extremely aggressive offensively across the last three regular season matchups as the Heat try to overcome the absence of Josh Richardson (groin) and reach the playoffs in Dwyane Wade's final campaign.
Dragic scored 30 points (12-20 FG, 3-9 3Pt, 3-3 FT) and collected a rebound along with five assists and five steals over 39 minutes Monday against Boston. Dragic put forth a valiant effort, but the Heat would fall 110-105 on the road. He shot the basketball well from the field (60 percent) and was a factor on the defensive end of the court. The 32-year-old point guard is averaging just 12.5 points over his previous 10 contests, so it was good to see him bust out for a big performance Monday night.
Dragic will return to the starting lineup Thursday against the Mavs. Dragic is yet to start a game since returning from a lengthy injury absence, but the Heat will shake things up with Josh Richardson and Justise Winslow out Thursday, going with Dragic at the point, while Dion Waiters gets the nod at shooting guard. Over his last three games, Dragic is averaging just 3.7 points and 3.0 assists in 25.7 minutes per game.
Dragic ended with 22 points (8-13 FG, 4-7 3Pt, 2-3 FT), two rebounds, and two assists in 22 minutes during Wednesday's 110-105 victory over the Spurs. Dragic scored in excess of 20 points for the second straight game Wednesday, hitting four triples on his way to 22 points. Dragic appears as though he is back to full health after what has been an injury-riddled season. His supporting numbers went missing in this one but owners have to be thrilled with his offensive output and should continue to roll him out there despite the fact he is coming off the bench.
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