The Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and Atlanta Hawks are reportedly discussing a three-team trade that would send Heat point guard Goran Dragic to the Rockets before Thursday's 3 p.m. ET trade deadline.
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Riley Holding Up Three-Way Blockbuster Trade
Monday, Feb. 15
According to a Monday report by Adam Spolane of SportsRadio 610 in Houston, other players in the deal who would be involved in the move include Dwight Howard from the Rockets to the Hawks, Al Horford and Jeff Teague from the Hawks to the Heat and Hassan Whiteside and Chris Andersen from the Heat to the Rockets.
However, Spolane said Atlanta wants Miami to include Justise Winslow in the deal, but Heat team president Pat Riley won't commit to parting with the prized rookie.
If the trade does eventually go through, Dragic will have only spent parts of two seasons in Miami after being traded to the Heat from the Phoenix Suns last year. Miami should have no qualms about dealing Dragic, whose 12.2 points and 5.3 assists per game are on par with his career averages, if it can land Teague.
The 27-year-old former All-Star Teague is scoring 15.1 points per game and dishing out 5.5 assists per contest—both of which are above his career averages. His contract is also much easier to digest at just $8 million per year the next two seasons. Dragic is set to make between $14.7 and $19.2 million between now and the 2019-20 season.
Chris Posada of All U Can Heat thinks Miami can deal with moving Dragic, especially if it lands Teague:
From a point guard standpoint, it would make sense for the Heat to make this deal and send Dragic to Houston, but they also would be losing the best shot-blocker the NBA has to offer in Whiteside, a promising young forward in the 6'7", 225-pound Winslow and a veteran power forward in Andersen, although the addition of three-time All-Star Horford would help sweeten the deal.
Blockbusters like this one can be high-risk, high-reward, and while the Heat would be set at point guard the next two seasons, Riley obviously doesn't think it's worth giving the Heat's young big men.