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After missing 12 of the Miami Heat’s last 14 games, it has been reported that point guard Gordon Dragic will undergo a right knee scope today and is going to miss two months of action. Day-to-day recovery and treatment techniques had not led to the injury improving per the Miami Herald and the Sun Sentinel, thus bringing all parties involved to decide surgery is the best option moving forward.
The 11-year veteran floor general was experiencing one of his worst seasons as a starter, scoring just over 15 points per game, dishing a tick under five assists and shooting among his career lows from the field and from deep. Playing in at least 72 games per season every year he’s been in Miami, Dragic’s ability to play through minor injuries and maintain consistency led to his first All-Star selection in 2017-18.
With a $19 million player option for the 2019-20 NBA season, it remains to be seen if this injury could put a cap on how many more games Dragic plays in a Miami Heat uniform. Sitting at 13-16 overall and 7-8 without their starting point guard, Miami currently holds the 9-seed in the Eastern Conference. A top-10 defensive team but a bottom-10 offensive one, the Heat’s options to replace Dragic’s production will likely remain in-house.
Without a true, starting-caliber point guard on the roster, look for Josh Richardson to assume much of the primary ball-handling duties for the Heat. Leading the team in scoring and ranking third in assists to future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade this season, the 25-year-old will be asked to shoulder even more of the load on offense moving forward.
Wojnarowski reports the All-Star break in February is the targeted return for Dragic. Stay tuned for updates as/if needed.