HoopsHype Goran Dragic rumors

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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

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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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“I feel better,” Dragic said. “I was running today and shooting a little bit. It’s probably going to be a game-time decision. We’ll see how the ankle is going to react but I feel great. Arizona Republic

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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

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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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Thomas has spent the past 70 days with Dragic, who has led his Slovenian national team to the quarterfinals of the European Championship in his hometown Ljubljana. As a first-year assistant coach for Slovenia, Thomas has seen the Dragic that a young Suns team will need this season. “I didn’t realize what a tremendous leader he is, by his words and example,” Thomas said. “I marvel at how our guys look up to him on a daily basis. It’s impressed me beyond what I can express.” Arizona Republic

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