The Miami Heat are slowly slimming their roster down to regular season size by again trading a player for not much in return.
Zoran Dragic had been traded to Boston. Heat really like Richardson. Goran is fine with it. Zoran wants playing time.— Dan Le Batard Show (@LeBatardShow) July 27, 2015
First reported by Dan LeBatard, and confirmed by Ira Winderman, the Miami Heat sent Zoran Dragic to the Boston Celtics in exchange for a future second round pick. The trade helps alleviate the repeater tax penalty the Heat are facing and trim the roster, which they would have to do regardless.
Miami Heat have traded Zoran Dragic & a 2nd round pick to Boston for a heavily-protected 2nd round pick. Move could save Heat $6 million— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 27, 2015
The Heat pick going to Boston is a 2020 second-round pick, a legitimate one, not the protected, vanishing type Heat have received.— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) July 27, 2015
The trade comes a day after Miami sent Shabazz Napier to the Orlando Magic in return for a protected second round pick.
The Heat must feel really good about Josh Richardson and Tyler Johnson to send out guaranteed contracts for not much in return. Also, Napier and Zoran were both impressive in the Summer League, but the Heat couldn't get any value for them as they were forced to part ways with someone.
Zoran was used sparingly during his brief time with the Heat after he was traded along with his brother Goran Dragic in February. He appeared in 10 games for the Heat averaging 2.2 points in 6.2 minutes and started the final regular season game against the Philadelphia 76ers in which he scored 22 points on 9-17 shooting in 41 minutes.
By trading away both Napier and Dragic, the Heat will likely sign Richardson, who was picked No. 40 in the second round of the NBA Draft, and must still decide whether to guarantee the contracts of Tyler Johnson, James Ennis and/or Henry Walker. All three have partially guaranteed contracts, with Johnson and Walker awaiting a decision by the team on August 1 that will guarantee a portion of their salary for next season.
The Heat's roster is as follows now:
Dragic, Chalmers, Richardson
Wade, Green, Johnson
Deng, Winslow, Ennis
Bosh, McRoberts, Haslem
Whiteside, Stoudemire, Andersen