Dragic made $7.5 million last season. An $80 million deal would fall short of the five-year maximum, but the Heat also are tracking pending option decisions for Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng. Wade has a $16.1 million option for next season and Deng is looking at a $10.2 million option.
In 26 games with the Heat last season, Dragic averaged 16.6 points, 5.3 assists and 3.4 assists over 34.8 minutes per game. In 2014, he was named the NBA Most Improved Player and also made the All-NBA Third Team.
Over nine NBA seasons, the 29-year-old Dragic has averaged 12.2 points, 4.5 assists and 2.7 rebounds.
The Heat finished 37–45, missing the playoffs for the first time since 2008.
- Mike Fiammetta