Heat Pick Up Dragic’s Team Option, Decline Iguodala’s

Goran Dragic

The Heat have made two divergent decisions on two decorated NBA veterans who proved instrumental in their 2019/20 NBA Finals run.

Miami has decided to pick up the club’s $19.4MM team option on longtime Heat point guard Goran Dragic for the 2021/22 season, per Shams Charania.

Picking up Dragic’s option does not necessarily mean he is guaranteed to stick with the Heat this summer. Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald adds (via Twitter) that his contract could be incorporated to help match salaries in a big-money trade.

Andre Iguodala, meanwhile, will be hitting the open market. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports (via Twitter) that the Heat will not pick up their $15MM player option on the final year of the extension Iguodala inked with the club after they traded for him from Memphis in the 2019/20 season.

Woj suggests that the Heat could either find further pathways to carving out cap space to sign free agents outright this summer or incorporate extant contracts into sign-and-trade deals. Woj notes that veteran Raptors point guard Kyle Lowry, an unrestricted free agent this summer, numbers among Miami’s most-desired free agent additions.

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