HoopsHype Goran Dragic rumors

July 23, 2014 Updates

If Dragic, Bledsoe and Thomas all are available, Hornacek can keep two fresh, starting playmakers in the backcourt at all times. He called it a "three-headed monster." "Why not?" Hornacek said. The always-effervescent Thomas brightened even more at the suggestion. "I think it would work," he said. "We're totally three different basketball players. We could come at guys from three different directions. It's going to be tough for teams to guard us." Can the Suns contend for titles this way? Conventional thinking says no. But the Suns aren't thinking conventionally these days. Arizona Republic

July 19, 2014 Updates
July 3, 2014 Updates

Suns trading away Goran Dragic, possibly to the Pacers? Not so fast, says a source with knowledge of the talks. “No, no, no,” the source said. “Nothing to that. The team and Goran, they’re still committed to each other.” According to an ESPN report, the Pacers — looking to upgrade at point guard — have engaged the Suns in talks about a possible deal that would send Dragic to Indiana. Consider those talks to be decidedly one-sided. Sporting News

Following a season in which he was third-team All-NBA and averaged 20.3 points on 50.5 percent shooting, the Suns have no interest in moving Dragic, the source said. Dragic is entering the third year of a four-year, $30 million contract and has the ability to opt out of his contract and hit free agency next summer. Sporting News

Marc Stein: Indiana Pacers, I'm told, have tried to engage Phoenix in trade talks for Goran Dragic, but teams have found no common deal ground. Yet something to keep an eye on, though, with Indy known to covet an upgrade at PG and stubborn perception Suns can't afford Bledsoe AND Dragic. Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

June 7, 2014 Updates

Marc J. Spears: Suns interested in Love deal w/best assets Dragic, Bledsoe & picks.NBA sources say it will take full max deal to control free agent Bledsoe. Twitter @SpearsNBAYahoo

June 4, 2014 Updates
May 26, 2014 Updates

Goran Dragic agreed to play in the 2014 World Championship, as revealed in a press conference today and reported by the slovenian national television. Goran said: "This year's NBA season in Phoenix was both physically and mentally very tough, while I was plagued by problems with a damaged ankle. At first I really wanted to take the time just for rehabilitation and family, but only after one month of break, I gained power, and is is easier now to take a final decision. Also, all the inquiries that I have done recently showed that I will be in perfect physical shape just in time for the World Championship. It is a great honour for me to represent the Slovenia in Spain and unite the fans for a common success of the Slovenian team." Bright Side of the Sun

May 16, 2014 Updates

Some days ago Eurohoops published that his brother, Zoran, is close to the NBA. How possible is that according to Goran? “I’ve heard that also. I’m happy that he’s doing well and there is interest from NBA teams for him. It’s our dream -it’s not a secret- to become the first Slovenians brothers who will play in the NBA. But I want to let him know that if we ‘ll face each other in the NBA, it will be my pleasure to beat him”. EuroHoops.net

A popular debate in the NBA is the quality difference between East and West. Does he feel that there isn’t justice in the playoffs qualification? If Suns were in the East, they would finish third along with the Raptors and Bulls. “These are the NBA rules. The commissioner and the NBA people know better. Of course we feel that there isn’t justice. But this is the NBA competition system a lot of years now. And none knows what’s going to happen later”. EuroHoops.net

May 8, 2014 Updates

You received a few votes for Most Valuable Player. For a while, you were of the main favorites for the award. What does that mean to you? Goran Dragic: I was very surprised! During the season I was among the Top 10 to win this award, but the votes were still a really nice surprise. I am very happy that I got there. The votes are a reward for my efforts and my work, but certainly I can't be satisfied with that. Kosarka.si

How is your relationship with Jeff Hornacek? Goran Dragic: Very special relationship. We spend a lot of time together. A couple of times he came to our house for lunch. One day he even babysat my son Mateo, which is a bit unusual [laughs]. I was really surprised about that one. We developed a relationship based on friendship. We hang out a lot. When it's time for practice, of course we're professional about our roles as player and coach. But after practice we were friends. Kosarka.si

April 23, 2014 Updates

Two months later, it's no more plausible after he has attained what he wanted on South Beach, but dreaming is free for a Suns franchise that can create about $20 million of cap space in July and would like to play off Eric Bledsoe's close friendship with James to make the pursuit. "If we can get LeBron, I would like to get him," Suns guard Goran Dragic said when asked about team off-season needs. Arizona Republic

April 18, 2014 Updates
April 13, 2014 Updates

Dragic said he played at 35-40 percent on the left ankle that he sprained Wednesday and kept him out Friday at San Antonio. "It's tough," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. "We told them that all we can do is try to win these last two games and maybe something happens. It's probably not likely but you never know. Our guys are pretty down. They had two great efforts these last two games. "That's how we've been all year with ups and downs and runs. It's a tough way to lose these two games. To their credit, they battled every minute of both games." Arizona Republic

April 11, 2014 Updates

The timing could not be worse. The bad timing is not even that the Suns have to play here with their season in the balance against the Spurs, the NBA's best team, and in an AT&T Center full of ghastly Suns postseason flashbacks from 2003 to 2008. It is the timing of Suns scoring and playmaking leader Goran Dragic going into a limp on his sprained left ankle and how it puts him in question for Friday's game at San Antonio. The game already was a quandary for the Suns (47-31) because, as much as every win can help the playoff chase, the more important game is on the tail end of this back-to-back set Saturday night at Dallas. The Suns are 8-9 this season on the second night of back-to-back sets. Arizona Republic

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