The Miami Heat have re-signed veteran guard Goran Dragic, in a move franchise president Pat Riley said was “essential”.
The Heat did not disclose the terms of the deal, but The Athletic reported it is for two years and $37.4m (£28.1m) with a team option for the second year.
“It was essential for us to bring Goran back,” Heat president Pat Riley said in a news release. “He is part of our team, part of our culture and part of our family.
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“He provides backcourt veteran leadership and can still play at a very high level. I’m glad to have him back in the fold.”
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Dragic, 34, averaged 16.2 points, 5.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds in 59 games (three starts) last season. He averaged 19.1 points in the playoffs but suffered a torn plantar fascia in his left foot in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers.
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An All-Star in 2017-18 and the NBA’s Most Improved Player in 2013-14, Dragic has career averages of 13.9 points, 4.8 assists and 3.1 rebounds in 817 games (511 starts) with the Phoenix Suns, Houston Rockets and the Heat.
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