Miami Heat keeping an eye on Goran Dragic as they attempt to limit his workload during training camp

BOCA RATON – The Miami Heat are attempting to save Goran Dragic from himself.

After Dragic led Slovenia to the EuroBasket championship this summer, the Heat are carefully monitoring the point guard’s workload.

But that’s not easy, which is where assistant Chris Quinn comes in.

“I did sneak in a couple of times, Quinny was like a shadow behind me, ‘G, you’re a coach today,’” Dragic said. “I said, c’mon Quinn.’”

Miami Heat guard Goran Dragic participating in 5-of-5 drills during the first day of training camp on Monday, (Allen Eyestone / The Palm Beach Post)

Dragic’s time will be limited during camp at Florida Atlantic University and throughout the preseason after a seven week stretch with his national team that included playing nine games culminating with the title game Sept. 17.

Dragic did participate in offensive and defensive drills and ran some 5-on-5.

“We held him out more today but he’s still out there,” Spoelstra said. “I had to catch him a couple of times, trying to sneak into the scrimmage.”

Dragic, 31, insists he’s better prepared for an NBA season after a summer of international ball. But he and the Heat are trying to find that fine line of allowing him to recover from such an active summer without losing that edge.

“I’m not expecting being here at training camp and do nothing, sit down and watch,” Dragic said. “That’s not me. I’m still running, I’m still trying to keep in good shape. Coach wants me to do less of contact drills when it’s 5-on-5. It’s enough time.”

As for the preseason, which starts Sunday with a home game against Atlanta, Dragic prefers to play but the Heat undoubtedly will devise a plan to limit his minutes there, too.

“If you ask me I would like to play those games,” Dragic said. “Every athlete wants to play, I enjoy playing. It’s a coaching decision. What’s coach Spo’s plan, I’m going to respect that.”

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