Almost everything’s on the table as Pat Riley rushes to get the Heat back to a championship level. That includes a change at point guard.
While Riley and Erik Spoelstra have been very positive about Goran Dragic despite his up-and-down season, it’s not out of the question that they would move him if they found an option they liked better. One possibility hitting the market this summer is Mike Conley.
Conley is in for a big payday after making a career-high $9.6 million with Memphis last season and would only make sense for the Heat if they opt to trade Dragic. The argument against this is that Dragic showed promise after he had time to adjust to a more half-court-oriented offense and helped Miami save its season with the way he thrived in an uptempo style during the second half. The team also expects he won’t show up to training camp out of shape in the future, which was an issue this season.
The rationale for making a move is that Conley seems better suited for the half-court offense, which Miami may or may not run next year, his overall numbers are comparable or slightly better than Dragic’s and he’s a year younger. Dragic averaged 14.1 points and 5.8 assists per game while shooting 47.7 percent and a career-low 31.2 percent on 3-pointers. Conley put up 15.3 and 6.1. He shot 42.2 percent overall, including 36.3 percent on 3s. He is a 37.3 percent 3-point shooter for his career.