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UPDATE: Deal between the Mavericks and Heat reportedly dead

SCRATCH THAT. Mavericks aren’t getting anyone, this trade never happened

NBA: Miami Heat at Dallas Mavericks Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


BIG UPDATE (6/30/19, 9:30 p.m.): So the Mavericks aren’t trading for Goran Dragic after all, but instead Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones.

This is a disaster. Instead of using $19 of their $30 million in space to get a good player of need, the Mavericks will instead pay Olynyk $11 million this season and $12 million next season, on a team that already has Kristaps Porzingis, Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber.

As always, more as it develops.


Goran Dragic is headed to Dallas, as the Mavericks as trading for the Slovenian guard to help Miami complete the Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade, according to various Mavericks reporters.

Dragic opted in to his player option and will make just over $19 million this season before becoming a free agent in the summer of 2019. For the Mavericks, it’s their first move of free agency. It’s not sexy, but it’s at least a player, as tons of viable options flew off the board during the first two hours of free agency on Sunday.

There are still other details to be worked out, as Mavericks reporters indicate there are more aspects to this trade. Will have to wait and see before we can fully assess what the Mavericks gave up (if anything) or how much cap space they’ll have. If the Mavericks just absorb Dragic’s salary and that’s it, they’ll have about $10 to $11 million in room for further moves.

UPDATE (6/30/19, 9:12 p.m.): It looks like the Mavericks are just going to absorb Dragic into space, whether that’s through the Mavs cap space or the trade exception from the Harrison Barnes trade.

Last season was an injury plagued one for Dragic, who appeared in just 36 games. His numbers regressed across the board, shooting just 41.3 percent from the field, 34.8 percent from three and averaging just a shade under 14 points per game. The prior seasons in Miami, Dragic was All-Star caliber. In 2017-2018, he shot 45 percent from the field and 37 percent from three while averaging 17.3 points and 4.8 assists per game.

The Mavericks are obviously hoping they get that Dragic and not the hobbled one from earlier this year. Dragic is 33-years-old and obviously shares a connection with his national team running mate in Doncic. Don’t underestimate Dragic’s veteran voice — the Mavericks need it with the retirement of Dirk Nowitzki.

Will have more as it develops.