The Phoenix Suns and Miami Heat have agreed on a deal that will send Goran Dragic to Miami, reports Marc Stein of ESPN. The Heat will send out Danny Granger, Norris Cole, Shawne Williams, Jordan Hamilton and two first-round picks in exchange for the Suns guard, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
The Heat were one of Dragic's top-three destinations heading into the deadline, and Pat Riley took the opportunity to swing a deal that works out with the emergence of Hassan Whiteside. Dragic is an immense upgrade at point guard over Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole, and the Heat launch themselves into a playoff run in the Eastern Conference. It's a tight race at the bottom of the East playoff bracket, with the Celtics, PIstons, Nets and Pacers all withing two games of Miami.
The market for Dragic was buzzing, but his contract circumstances made him a tough sell for Phoenix. Goran openly confronted the trade rumors leading up to the deadline, and the Suns' leverage on the situation was compromised.
There seems to be little evidence the Lakers were ever in deep trade negotiations with Phoenix, but Miami was in position to make the best offer.