HoopsHype Goran Dragic rumors

January 3, 2014 Updates

Speaking of Bledsoe, Suns coach Jeff Hornacek – easily the early favorite for coach of the year – has done a masterful job finding enough space and opportunity for Bledsoe and Goran Dragic to co-pilot Phoenix's offense, which is tied for ninth in offensive efficiency with 105.2 points per 100 possessions. (See my colleague Matt Moore's interview with Hornacek here.) But league sources say the pairing of Bledsoe and Dragic in the backcourt is not expected to be a long-term solution for the Suns. The growing belief among league executives is that Dragic will opt out of his contract following the 2014-15 season, potentially ramping up the pressure on GM Ryan McDonough to pursue a trade. Ditto for Utah's Gordon Hayward, whose price may prove too high for the Jazz when he hits restricted free agency this summer after not agreeing to an extension by the Oct. 31 deadline. CBSSports.com

December 31, 2013 Updates

Goran Dragic had 26 points and eight assists before sitting out the fourth quarter, Gerald Green added 21 points off the bench, and the Suns ended the year with a 107-88 rout of the Clippers on Monday night. The Clippers went up against a team that began the day averaging a league-best 19.1 fast-break points, and allowed 18 for the game. Phoenix scored the first nine points, seven off three Clippers turnovers. The Suns converted 20 turnovers into 20 points overall, including a three-point play by Dragic that gave them a 45-34 lead with 4:55 left in the first half. "This is our game. We try to play a fast, up-tempo game, and I think things are going to be much better if you play like that," Dragic said. "Playing a half-court game is really tough for us, so we have to push the ball and try to get everybody involved. And when we get into the open court, we have all those open shooters." USA Today Sports

December 28, 2013 Updates

Because Dragic had pushed so hard during the Eurobasket tournament last summer in which he starred for host Slovenia, he was told by Hornacek in training camp that he wouldn't take part in most practices as a way to fight the building fatigue. New coach, new backcourt mate, and very little shared court time to work on the early chemistry. Matters were made even worse for the Suns' new core when the regular season rolled around, as Dragic sprained his left ankle early on and missed three games. "I was talking with Jeff, and he told me, 'Look, I know that you're in great shape, and I know that you're tired, so we're just going to sit you down a little bit (in camp); you're going to just do some walk-throughs with us so you can see the new plays, but most of the practices with us, you're going to be on the sidelines and just trying to get your body right until the beginning of the season,' " Dragic told USA TODAY Sports. "Jeff is a great coach and a great coach for the young players. He teaches a lot. And I think from the first day on, we had great communication between me and him." USA Today Sports

"Last year was a really tough year for us, even for me," Dragic said. "We didn't win a lot of games, and most of the guys were not — how you say — happy. You didn't see smiles on our faces. But this year, I think (Hornacek) changed that. Everybody is on the same page, and everybody wants to come to practice. "We have a great chemistry. It's so much fun because all the media and all the people before the season they thought we'd win 14 or 15 games, and so far we already win 14. It just gives you great pleasure to be here and every night play hard." USA Today Sports

December 23, 2013 Updates

Q: What kind of movement do you think the Suns make around the trade deadline? Do they want to sell of more of their veterans or try to make a splash with a big trade? Chad Ford: Not sure the Suns front office knows what to make of all of this. The plan was to tank. They thought they were fielding a roster that couldn't win. It's not like they are playing a bunch of savvy veterans. Eric Bledsoe is a big part of their future, so he's staying. Think everyone else on the team is available. Dragic is the most likely to go. Hear the Kings have some interest there. ESPN.com

When Dragic first heard that the Suns had traded for another point guard in early July, he wasn't about to give up his job without a fight. Phoenix, which hired new general manager Ryan McDonough and rookie coach Jeff Hornacek to clean up last season's mess (25-57 record, worst in the West), brought former Los Angeles Clippers' speedster Eric Bledsoe to town as part of a three-team deal. And Dragic's role, at first glance anyways, appeared to be at risk. "When I was back in Europe and as soon as I found out, I said, 'OK, I've got competition,'" Dragic said. "In the end, I talked with Jeff, and he told me that probably we were going to play most of the minutes together." USA Today Sports

"When Ryan asked me about (the trade), I said, 'Hey, Eric looks like Kevin Johnson when he was here playing in Phoenix, and Goran is kind of like I was,' " Hornacek told USA TODAY Sports. "We turned a team that was winning 28 games (in 1987-88) to winning 55 (in 1988-89). "I don't think either one of us ever thought when we traded for Eric that, 'Well now, we've got to figure out where we're going to trade Goran.' It was right off the bat, saying 'We're going to play these guys together and have that tempo change.'" USA Today Sports

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Goran Dragic is now being listed as out by Phoenix. Gerald Green is listed as the projected starting shooting guard, with Eric Bledsoe shifting to point guard in the new alignment. NBA.com

November 4, 2013 Updates

Suns point guard Goran Dragic is expected to miss the team’s next two games after he sprained the left ankle that he also had injured in the preseason. Dragic sprained the ankle while scoring on a fastbreak early in the third quarter of the Suns’ 103-96 loss Sunday night at Oklahoma City. He left the game and did not return, saying it felt worse than when he sprained the same ankle on Oct. 17 at Sacramento because of a fastbreak foul by Kings guard Jimmer Fredette. Arizona Republic

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