KEY POINTS

  • Goran Dragic is set to become an unrestricted free agent
  • A Miami Heat return for Dragic remains uncertain
  • Dragic may be dangled a lower deal this offseason

The 2019-20 NBA Finals is over, with the Los Angeles Lakers winning over the Miami Heat, 106-93. Now, there are questions up in the air for the Heat as Goran Dragic is set to become an unrestricted free agent.

Dragic will wrap up the five-year deal he agreed to way back during the 2015-16 season. He will be among the unrestricted free agents to watch, though there are factors to consider. These include his age, 34, and his injury, the torn left plantar fascia he obtained in Game 1.

Dragic's future remains unknown. It can be recalled that the Heat almost traded the Slovenian to the Dallas Mavericks, but the deal fizzled out.

Before that, there were reports that the Heat wanted to rid themselves of players owning expensive deals. Among those moved were Hassan Whiteside, Dion Waiters (who ironically ended up with the Lakers) and James Johnson.

Dragic stayed on and proved his worth. However, some felt it was a way to promote himself in preparation for free agency.

The Heat could opt to retain him, though likely at a lower and short-term deal. His injury will be a factor, but he could rest it out and return stronger than before. Some teams could use a veteran guard like Dragic. The only question right now is which team that will be if the Heat opts to cut ties with the Slovenian.

Meanwhile, Dragic saw action for Miami in Game 6 of the 2020 NBA Finals, entering the game at the 1:09 mark of the first quarter, but was clearly off rhythm. He has not played since Game 1 of the Finals, though most were hoping to see the veteran guard help the Heat's cause. Dragic played 19 minutes, finishing the game with 5 points and one rebound.

Even with the Slovenian playing through the pain, the Lakers would not be denied. It was a blowout win for L.A., cooling down a bit in the fourth quarter for Miami to narrow the gap.

Looking ahead, the Heat had nothing to be ashamed of. The team was supposed to be in rebuild mode, but Jimmy Butler and company found a way to rebuff critics.

Butler did do a magnificent job for the Heat in the NBA Finals. However, it appears fatigue finally caught up with him, managing only 12 points, four rebounds and an assist in 45 minutes of action. The 31-year-old needs help moving forward.