Predicting The Landing Spots For The Top 19 NBA Free Agents In 2019

16. Goran Dragić — Stays With The Heat


Dragić is coming off one of the quieter All-Star seasons in recent memory. The Miami Heat guard put up a modest stat-line (17.3 points, 4.8 assists, 4.1 rebounds), but his role as the leading man on a playoff team didn’t go unrecognized. He took his game up a notch in the postseason, and is one of the more reliable scoring point guards in the NBA today.

Dragić has always felt like a Spurs player. His blend of creativity, outside shooting, and fearlessness would endear him to Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio crowd. As a left-handed, playmaking, combo-guard, Dragić has a lot of Manu Ginobili in his game. However, the Spurs have done a fine job injecting youth in their backcourt, and will want Dejounte Murray and Lonnie Walker to get as much experience as possible. DeMar DeRozan is also a lock to soak up about 35-to-40 minutes in the rotation.

A bunch of other Eastern Conference teams could be in the fray. Milwaukee might be in the market for a point guard. Indiana could use an upgrade at the position. Even Philadelphia might kick the wheels if they believe Ben Simmons could use another playmaker alongside him in the starting lineup.

While Dragić may get some tantalizing offers, the Heat will probably be the most willing to shell out a hefty amount of cash. He has good chemistry with Spoelstra, and fits in well with their ball-movement heavy scheme.

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