Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic has conceded that he regrets what he said about his former team, the Phoenix Suns, ahead of his trade move last month.
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Dragic made it clear ahead of his exit that he did not wish to remain in Phoenix and provided the organisation with a list of teams that he wanted to move to.
On that list were the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks, and although there were rumours that the Suns wouldn’t let him join one of those teams, he eventually completed a move to Miami.
The 28-year-old has now taken back some of his comments from that heated period between franchise and player, where he insisted at one stage that he had lost trust in the front office and has put it down to emotions running high.
“It was hard in the days before the trade deadline because I had asked for a trade, so you don’t know what the team is going to do. It’s kind of an uncomfortable situation because you go to practice, you see your teammates, but they know that you asked for a trade,” he said, according to Bleacher Report.
“When I now look back on what I said about the Suns before the trade—”I don’t trust them anymore…I don’t feel comfortable with my situation”—I feel bad, because it came out a little too harsh. I didn’t mean it like that, but it happened in that moment, so I cannot go back and change it. I just said what I was thinking.”
Dragic faced a difficult situation in Phoenix after the franchise opted to bring in Isaiah Thomas after re-signing Eric Bledsoe which left them with a three-guard rotation along with Dragic.
The Slovenian’s play suffered as a result and ultimately it forced his hand into pushing for a move in order to get back to the level of performance he was producing the year previous.
The Heat point guard is undoubtedly one of the most talented in the league, and it remains to be seen whether or not he re-signs with Miami in the summer when he enters free agency.