Goran Dragic returns to Miami Heat in NBA free agency

Ira Winderman, South Florida Sun Sentinel
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Goran Dragic confirmed during the opening minute of Friday’s NBA free-agency negotiation period that he will return to the Miami Heat.

Dragic’s deal is two years, at $37 million, with a team option in the second year, paying $18 million this coming season and then $19.5 million in 2021-22.

The agreement means the Heat effectively are removed from the salary-cap space game this offseason to directly sign a high-priced outside free agent, but also allows the Heat to maximize cap space for the 2021 offseason.

Dragic made his announcement on social media, posting, “I’m glad that I can announce that I’m staying.”

Dragic, 34, played as a reserve during the regular season in 2019-20 before returning to a starting role to help lead the Heat to the NBA Finals. He earned $19 million last season.

The Heat in recent days posted billboards in Dragic’s native Slovenia with slogans that included, “Your second family is always with you.” He then posted photos of those billboards on social media.

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