Plan B free agent option for Dallas Mavericks: 7. Goran Dragic
Dragic may never hit the open market this summer. The Heat are taking their $19.44 million team option down to Sunday’s deadline. Miami is among the favorites to land Kyle Lowry, so their decision to decline Dragic’s option could be bad news for the Mavs. If they accept, the Heat would still be able to sign-and-trade for Lowry or another marquee target using Dragic’s contract.
One way or the other, it looks like Goran Dragic will be available this offseason. Could Dallas reunite Luka Doncic will his Slovenian countryman? Dragic is not playing for his national team in the Olympics, but he was the leading scorer on their EuroBasket 2017 championship squad. The duo was dynamic as Slovenia blitzed the field in that tournament.
Dragic checks a lot of boxes for the Mavericks. He is a creator that could take some of the pressure off Luka. Dragic spaces the floor and creates shots for himself and others. The 35-year-old averaged 13.4 points, 4.4 assists, and 3.4 rebounds in 26.7 minutes per game last season, while he shot 37.3 percent from 3-point range. Dragic is best suited for a 25-28 minute per game role at this point in his career, but he still makes a significant impact.
Goran Dragic is the type of veteran guard the Dallas Mavericks should target if they are forced to resort to Plan B in free agency.
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