Five Trade Targets Based Off Kevin Durant’s Decision
Goran Dragic: $15.8 million (four years left)
Now this isn’t being thrown around, but you would think Pat Riley has a plan regarding the chase of Kevin Durant.
Everyone knows the situation Miami is in at the moment. Dwyane Wade wants to be paid, Hassan Whiteside wants a max contract, and Riley is set to meet with Durant on Sunday. There is no way they could pay Wade a decent price and bring both Whiteside and Durant on for max contracts, especially with Chris Bosh and Goran Dragic on max contracts.
But what if Riley unloaded the contract of Dragic? Then bringing back Wade and Whiteside WITH Durant to go with Bosh wouldn’t be entirely impossible. Then they could go after a cheap veteran guard similar to a Jarrett Jack type.
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If they had to shed the Dragic contract, you would have to imagine many teams would come calling, but what if Dallas brought him on board if they miss out on everyone?
Dragic, who has been connected to Dallas in the past, would step in right away as the starting point guard for the years to come. He would also be locked in under contract through all of the cap hikes this summer and next.
I purposely didn’t mention the Boston Celtics as they simply wouldn’t have to trade anyone to bring in Kevin Durant on a max contract.
Just remember, Kevin Durant’s decision could result in a good player getting traded for basically nothing in a cap space move.