After surprise run to NBA Finals, the Heat future is bright

Giannis Antetokounmpo

Report: Heat setting up to pursue Giannis Antetokounmpo in 2021 NBA free agency

However, upon regaining his starter status just prior to the postseason, the one-time All-Star put up 20.9 points, 4.7 assists, and 4.2 rebounds per game through the first three playoff rounds, pacing the Heat's offense.

That indeed would show how serious the Heat are, as most teams would do anything they could to sign a player like Adebayo long-term as quickly as possible.

Dragić will be an unrestricted free agent this off-season. At 34, he will consider his options going into the league this season.

After a sometimes rocky path through the NBA, Jimmy Butler found a home in Miami, and the Heat's loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals doesn't change that.

Recently, reports have emerged that while both the Heat and Dragić want to continue his stay in South Beach, the main priority for the Heat is flexibility.

Typically, the days after the close of the NBA Finals are a whirlwind for the teams involved, with the draft often following within a week and personnel decisions frequently required within hours.

The most likely outcome in this situation would be Dragić being offered a short-term contract with the Heat. This would allow them to retain their valuable cap space for the 2021 free-agent class. There also is a $7.5 million trade exception available from the February deal of James Johnson to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Dragić recently spoke to Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun Sentinel. And that's what I really want to do. It's about my family, my kids, my wife. "This locker room, regardless of whatever happens in the future, we're going to remember this year, this season, this experience and that locker room brotherhood for the rest of our lives", he said. "There's still a lot of uncertainly in the future". The end result, of course, wasn't there, but the heat turned out to be one of the best stories of the season.

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