Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic apparently isn't going anywhere. After a report about a discussed trade for Sacramento Kings forward Rudy Gay made headlines this week, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra told Dragic that there's no truth to the rumor, via the South Florida Sun Sentinel's Ira Winderman:
While the Heat typically dismiss trade rumors, Dragic said Spoelstra spoke to him about the latest swirl during the morning shootaround at the Spectrum Center, in advance of Thursday night's exhibition against the Charlotte Hornets.
"Spo came over and did that today," Dragic said. "He just said those rumors, they're not true."
"That was really nice from Spo," Dragic said. "That's not his job to come to the players to say it, so I understand."
According to the Miami Herald's Barry Jackson, Miami wants to see how this iteration of the team plays at the beginning of the season before making a major move. He added that, if the front office has interest in Gay, then it is as a secondary free agent option this summer, not in a trade.
Blockbuster trades are rare this time of year -- the only one in the past few years was when the Oklahoma City Thunder sent James Harden to the Houston Rockets right before the start of the 2012 regular season. (Sorry for bringing that up again, Thunder fans.) Generally, teams have made their big splashes in the summer and now want to see how things work.
None of this means that Dragic is definitely going to finish the season in Miami. Despite what he has said publicly, as soon as Pat Riley announced that Chris Bosh probably wouldn't play for the Heat again, it signified a shift in the direction of the franchise. It was obvious on media day that the 30-year-old Dragic doesn't fit with Miami's timeline for winning anymore, so it would be crazy for the Heat not to listen when teams make calls about him.