Jimmy Butler on Goran Dragic trade: “It was one of the hardest FaceTimes I had to do in a long time”

MIAMI, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 03: Jimmy Butler #22 of the Miami Heat talks with Goran Dragic #7 against the Philadelphia 76ers during the first half at American Airlines Arena on February 03, 2020 in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler spoke to the media recently to discuss at large the team’s free agency moves. While he ultimately took a liking to what they did, one somber aspect of Miami’s offseason involved trading away Goran Dragic. Butler briefly talked about his relationship with the long-time Heat point guard in the following clip.

In his words, Jimmy Butler described his friendship with Goran Dragic, expressing gratitude for all he’s learned from him. According to Butler, Dragic made the game easier and more enjoyable; he called him “a winner, through and through.” Butler also admitted that it was difficult to facetime Dragic to say that they won’t continue playing together as teammates, but stated that their relationship would continue to grow regardless.

Dragic spent nearly seven seasons with the Heat. Miami traded for him in a deal with the Phoenix Suns at the 2015 trade deadline. The Heat made the playoffs four times throughout his tenure, including a trip to the NBA finals in 2020. Dragic’s impact on the team will not be forgotten.

Miami Heat This Offseason

The Heat have prioritized re-establishing their contending status this offseason. In parting ways with Goran Dragic, the team acquired Kyle Lowry in a sign-and-trade. Miami also re-signed Dewayne Dedmon, Duncan Robinson, and the aforementioned Jimmy Butler. The team has reportedly reached an agreement on a deal with Victor Oladipo, but it will only be one year. He hopes to recapture his all-star status and earn a significant pay-raise in 2022. Lastly, to fortify the frontcourt, Miami signed NBA champion PJ Tucker to a two-year contract.

With all their moves thus far, Miami looks as though they’ll have a stake in the fight for the eastern conference crown once again. It plays further into their favor that they’ll receive a full offseason’s worth of rest as opposed to last year, where both they and the Los Angeles Lakers had under two months to recover.

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