Heat swing big trade for Goran Dragic

Miami sends 4 players, draft picks for Suns point guard


MIAMI – The Miami Heat have acquired Suns point guard Goran Dragic before this afternoon's trade deadline.

The Heat sent Norris Cole, Danny Granger, Shawne Williams, Justin Hamilton and two first-round draft picks to Phoenix for Dragic, a third-team All-NBA player last season.

The Suns then turned around Cole and Williams and sent them to the New Orleans Pelicans.

"We are incredibly pleased to take another step in getting the Miami Heat back to real championship prominence with the acquisition of Goran Dragic," said Heat President Pat Riley. "Goran is an All-NBA player, including the most improved player last season, and we felt that once he became available, we would do all that we could to acquire him. We feel he is the perfect complement to the players we have on the team. We are also pleased to bring his brother, Zoran, into the Heat family. He had a great summer during international play and it's great to have a brother-brother duo and someone that can help us in our rotation."

Leading up to Thursday's deadline, Goran Dragic was one of the biggest names on the trade block due to his stance that he would not resign with the Suns when he becomes a free agent following the season. Goran Dragic's position forced the Suns to deal him or lose him for nothing in the off-season.

Goran Dragic, 28, is currently averaging 16.2 points and 4.1 assists. Zoran Dragic averaged 10.9 points and 1.6 assists.

Both Goran and Zoran became the 15th pair of brother teammates in NBA history, the Heat said. Goran Dragic will wear No. 7 and Zoran Dragic will wear No. 12.