Miami Heat Rumors: Nerlens Noel or Ricky Rubio for Goran Dragic

By James Johansson, Posted: 12/26/16 02:32PM EST

Goran Dragic has already denied that he wants out of Miami Heat, but trade rumors involving the playmaker continue to circulate. Trade talks are not expected to stop until the deadline in February.

"I feel comfortable in Miami. I feel great," Dragic said via the Sun Sentinel, when asked about the trade rumors about him. "We have a young team. I really got connected with the young guys, and I feel young too with."

According to Hoops Habit, the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Philadelphia 76ers are among the teams who could make a run at Dragic before the deadline. No deal is imminent at this point, but the report showed potential deals involving these teams.

Citing NBA analyst Zach Lowe of ESPN, the report suggested a potential deal involving Dragic and Ricky Rubio. Rubio has also been a regular in rumor mill since the Timberwolves decided to draft Kris Dunn in June.

Dragic, who is averaging 19.3 points on top of 6.6 assists and 4.0 rebounds per game this season, could improve Minnesota's offense. Dragic could make life easier for Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins, knowing that teams are also aware of his scoring ability.

Earlier this year, Ric Bucher of Bleacher Report revealed that Wolves head coach Tom Thibodeau wants a proven veteran for one or two of their young stars. Dragic fits the billing, as he could help the Timberwolves sneak into the playoffs this season.

On the other hand, the 76ers were also mentioned as a potential trade partner for the Heat, as they are looking for additional firepower. One possible deal between the Heat and the 76ers involves Dragic and Nerlens Noel, who is reportedly on the trading block.

The Heat could flip Dragic to the 76ers in exchange for Noel. Noel could play at the 4 spot alongside Hassan Whiteside. The deal also helps the Heat financially, as they will be able to take Dragic's five-year, $85 million contract off their books. Noel will become a restricted free agent after the current season.

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