Houston Rockets also interested in acquiring Goran Dragic…
The Los Angeles Lakers are expected to ready a maximum contract offer for Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic who will be a free agent this summer, but could even trade for him before that.
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Dragic hasn’t made any secret of his plans to consider all options this summer, and the soon to be free agent has been linked with various teams around the league.
Amongst those are the New York Knicks and Houston Rockets, but the Lakers have also held an interest in him for some time and are reportedly ready to make a move.
“The Los Angeles Lakers, who have coveted Dragic for some time, are presumed to be intent on testing the Suns’ resolve when it comes to their Slovenian point guard, since sources say LA plans to chase Dragic with an expected max four-year contract offer this summer,” Marc Stein of ESPN reported.
Suns general manager Ryan McDonough conceded on Friday that the roster was currently guard heavy, and so it appears as though the franchise will be open to discussing the exit of Dragic and keeping Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas.
The Lakers are thought to be able to offer a contract starting at over $19m, worth more than $81m over four years. Phoenix hold the advantage in that they can offer more money at $109m over five years, which is why the Lakers may be considering discussing a trade deal now.
It is unlikely that a deal will be made however, given that the Lakers would ideally want to keep hold of their picks, and don’t really have any assets of note.
As a result, much will depend on whether or not the Rockets make their move before the February 19 trade deadline, which could scupper LA’s plans of signing the Slovenian star.