The Sacramento Kings and the Miami Heat are discussing a trade that would see forward Rudy Gay and recently suspended point guard Darren Collison headed to Miami in exchange for point guard Goran Dragic, according to Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders.
Sources: The Sacramento Kings and Miami Heat discussed a trade of Rudy Gay and Darren Collison for Goran Dragic. https://t.co/5i2nnUOSTd
— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) October 18, 2016
The trade rumors have been swirling around Gay for a couple of years now, and with his contract expiring at the end of the year, it is pretty clear that things are ending for him in Sacramento. It also makes sense that if the Kings were upgrading at point guard, they would ship out their current starter Darren Collison, especially given his recent suspension and pretty lackluster play last season.
The news here is that Miami is shopping Goran Dragic. The Heat gave up two first-round picks for Dragic at the 2014-15 trade deadline. He has never performed up to expectations, due largely to his failure to fit in with Dwyane Wade. Now, the Heat are looking at a future with no Wade and no Chris Bosh, meaning Dragic is arguably their best player, depending on how you feel about Hassan Whiteside.
This could be a plus for Dragic. Part of the problem he had in Phoenix was sharing the ball and the spotlight with Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas. But Dragic has already expressed his discontent with how the team currently looks, and it isn’t a surprise that he wants out. I doubt Sacramento would be his first choice, but there are worse options than playing with the best offensive center in the league.
Speaking of DeMarcus Cousins, he would be the biggest winner of this trade easily. Even if Dragic’s best years are behind him, he would still be far and away the best point guard Cousins has ever played with.