Dragic expected to head for the exit door in Phoenix…
The Phoenix Suns are reportedly looking for a trade deal involving guard Goran Dragic ahead of the trade deadline on Thursday.
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According to ESPN, Dragic’s representatives informed the organisation in a meeting on Tuesday that the star guard does not plan on re-signing with them this summer.
As a result, the Suns are keen on getting some kind of deal ahead of the deadline on Thursday at 3 p.m. (ET) instead of losing him in July for nothing.
It is understood that one of the main reasons that Dragic decided that he didn’t want to continue in Phoenix was the fact that he was no longer willing to share a back-court with both Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe.
While the Houston Rockets had been linked with a move, it is reported that the 28-year-old has little interest in moving there. It is speculated that Dragic has provided a list of teams that he would like to join, which includes the Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks or the Miami Heat as he eyes a move to a bigger market.
Both teams are in desperate need of a point guard and have the cap space to make it happen, while they would also benefit from inheriting his Larry Bird rights and the ability to offer a five-year contract in July.
Interest is likely to be high in Dragic as he has continued to develop his game and improve in recent years, but if no deal materialises then there will be significant competition for him in free agency. It is also reported that the Sacramento Kings are determined to secure his signature but it remains to be seen whether or not they have the pieces needed to convince Phoenix to deal.
Dragic won the NBA Most Improved Player award back in 2013/14, but he has been forced to play off the ball more this season with Thomas and Bledsoe competing in the back-court with him.