The Heat reportedly planned to offer Goran Dragic a five-year contract “in excess of $80 million,” which generally was interpreted as barely more than $80 million.
Amid an ESPN report that the Heat will offer Goran Dragic a five-year deal in excess of $80 million, the Dragic camp expects the proposal to be five years for between $90 million and $100 million.
The Heat and the Dragic camp remain optimistic a deal will get done with Miami.
There’s a big difference between $80 million and $90 million, because his max contract with another team projects to be worth $81 million over four years.
Offer Dragic less than he can make elsewhere – especially considering he’ll surely make something five years from now if he signs a four-year deal – it becomes likely he bolts. Provide him more security with that fifth year, and he probably stays.
It’s also encouraging Dragic’s camp is optimistic about reaching a deal despite not expecting Miami to offer its full max. Both sides surely discussed contracts before the Heat traded for Dragic, and at the time, it seemed a max deal might have been the understanding.
The initial report put everyone on alert to the possibility of Dragic leaving Miami. With this new information, we can probably drop back to DEFCON 4.