The Miami Heat will likely be without guard Goran Dragic for a little while longer.
According to multiple reports, Dragic is having surgery on his bothersome right knee today and, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Dragic will miss the next two months. Per Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald and David Furones of the Sun Sentinel, Dragic’s knee had not responded to rest and treatment, which resulted in the need for surgery.
Miami’s Goran Dragic will miss two months with knee surgery, per source.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) December 19, 2018
Goran Dragic is undergoing a knee scope today. No timetable on a return.
— Ira Winderman (@IraHeatBeat) December 19, 2018
Dragic undergoing knee surgery today. Timeline undetermined
— Barry Jackson (@flasportsbuzz) December 19, 2018
Goran Dragic is undergoing a right knee scope today. No timetable on return.
— Anthony Chiang (@Anthony_Chiang) December 19, 2018
After trying treatments with the hopes of not needing surgery, Goran Dragic will undergo a procedure to scope his knee today. The Heat will know more afterward.
— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) December 19, 2018
Dragic did not play in the Heat’s last game, a 102-96 win against the New Orleans Pelicans on Sunday. That marked the fourth time in five games he sat out with right knee soreness. The last game Dragic played in was on Dec. 10, logging 17 minutes in a 108-105 road loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Overall, Dragic began the Heat’s six-game road trip out West by slowly working his way back into the mix. He alternated being active for games against the Phoenix Suns and Lakers, but sat out the Dec. 8 game against the LA Clippers that was in between those games.
Per Furones, Dragic missed the final three games of the road trip and there did not seem to be any answers as to how long his setback would be. Before Sunday’s game against the Pelicans, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said of Dragic: “He’s not playing tonight, so our focus is just on the guys that are available.”
Dragic was in and out of the locker room on Sunday but declined to talk about his status when asked by reporters. Overall, Dragic has missed 12 of Miami’s past 14 games.