ANOTHER UPDATE (6/30/19 11:35 pm): LOL NEVERMIND
completing this for the record: the deal is off. at some point, there was a misunderstanding with the parameters. miami was certain it was dragic. dallas had been saying olynyk/jones all week. up to miami to salvage it, probably with another team.— Tim Cato (@tim_cato) July 1, 2019
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.
The Mavericks will acquire Kelly Olynyk and Derrick Jones from the Heat as part of the Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade, league sources say.— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 1, 2019
The Mavericks are huge fans of Goran Dragic but could not take him back in the Miami sign-and-trade with Philadelphia that sends Jimmy Butler to the Heat because Dallas feared losing its flexibility to make additional moves this summer, league sources say— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) July 1, 2019
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.
The Mavericks have traded for Miami's Goran Dragic, multiple sources confirm. Dragic is the only other Slovenian in the league, and was roommates with Luka Doncic during Slovenia's 2017 EuroBasket run.— Tim Cato (@tim_cato) July 1, 2019
Confirming that Dragic will be a Maverick, but what Mavs giving up is unclear.— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) July 1, 2019
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.
A source tells me that Dragic will be taken "in space," no compensation from the Mavericks. Space either being part of Mavs' $30 million cap space OR the $21.2 million Harrison Barnes trade exception. Mavs can decide which.— Brad Townsend (@townbrad) July 1, 2019
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.