AP Source: Heat, Suns agree on multi-player Dragic deal

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Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews, left, works the ball in against Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic, from Slovenia, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) By Don Ryan Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews, left, works the ball in against Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic, from Slovenia, during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Thursday, Feb. 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Don Ryan) By Don Ryan

MIAMI (AP) -- Goran Dragic wanted a new home, and the Miami Heat wanted a new guard.

On trade deadline day, they were a perfect match.

The Heat swung a deal to acquire Dragic - a third-team All-NBA player last season - from the Phoenix Suns on Thursday, a person with knowledge of the trade told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the NBA's standard trade call had not yet taken place to make the deal official.

The person said Miami sent Norris Cole, Shawne Williams, Danny Granger and Justin Hamilton to the Suns, who were busy moving at least some of those players to New Orleans before the 3 p.m. trade deadline arrived.

Zoran Dragic, Goran's brother, was also coming to Miami from Phoenix, the person said, adding that the Heat were also including two first-round draft picks - one from 2017 and the other from 2021 to close the deal.

Goran Dragic made it clear that he wanted out of Phoenix and its log-jammed point-guard situation in recent days. He's averaging 16.2 points and 4.1 assists this season, down from 20.3 points and 5.9 assists a year ago.

And with him set to be a free agent this summer, the Suns knew they had to either acquire something for him now or watch him walk away in July for nothing.

Hence, Miami saw its opportunity.

Cole will be a free agent this summer and wasn't expected to stay in Miami. Williams and Granger were both in their first year with the Heat - with neither playing regular minutes of late - and Hamilton had become more expendable in recent weeks after the emergence of Hassan Whiteside in the center spot.

Miami starts its post-All-Star-break schedule in New York on Friday. The Heat are hanging on to the No. 8 spot in the Eastern Conference, part of a six-team group all bunched within two games for the final two spots on the current playoff bracket from that side of the league.

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that the Bucks have traded guard Brandon Knight to Phoenix in a three-team deal that also sends Michael Carter-Williams from Philadelphia to Milwaukee.

The person spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the deal had not been officially announced.

The Bucks also get guard Tyler Ennis and forward Miles Plumlee from Phoenix.

Milwaukee is a surprising 30-23 with the season set to resume Friday following the All-Star break. The Bucks replace Knight by stocking up on two young guards to work with first-year coach Jason Kidd.

Plumlee also gives the Bucks another body up front with center Larry Sanders' future in doubt following a suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy.

Yahoo! and ESPN first reported the trade.

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In addition, the Suns' backcourt was also revamped with the trade of Isaiah Thomas, reported by Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski.

 

 

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