HoopsHype Goran Dragic rumors

March 25, 2014 Updates

"That is hard because, back home, all the people judge you that you have so much money and you're a star and now you don't want to play for the national team. That bothers me a little bit but those people don't know how the season goes, how many games it is and being in a different hotel every night. I'm more on the plane than in my car." Arizona Republic

March 19, 2014 Updates

After all the point guard battles you’ve had, when the Suns traded for Eric Bledsoe, did you say to yourself, “Oh, man. Again?” Be honest. Goran Dragic: I’m always honest. When I found out, I was like, “Oh my god! What is going on right now?” I was never afraid of competition, but, of course, you start thinking: “What are they going to do now? Are they going to move me?” But I called my agent, and he said not to worry. And the GM and the coach — they called me the next day. Coach Jeff [Hornacek] explained to me that he wanted us to play together, and be like the old Suns with two point guards like Jeff and KJ (Kevin Johnson). When I found that out, I was kind of surprised. But at the same time, I couldn’t wait to share. We had some trouble at first, trying to figure out those things. But me and Eric — we are really good friends. We talk a lot. And you can see that in how we play. Grantland

March 1, 2014 Updates

Goran Dragic almost didn't play Friday night. On a bad ankle, with his Phoenix team needing to end a three-game skid, he decided to give it a try. The result was a career-high 40-point performance in 42 minutes, leading the Suns past the New Orleans Pelicans 116-104. "I think everybody knows about Goran Dragic now," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said, "or they should." A game-time decision because of a sore right ankle that had kept him out of Wednesday's loss at Utah, Dragic played all but the last 10 seconds of the second half in the first 40-point game for a Phoenix player since Amare Stoudemire's 44 on March 19, 2010. "That's what All-Stars do," Hornacek said, a not-so-veiled reference to Dragic being left off the All-Star team. At the end, as Dragic sank the free throws that got him to 40, the crowd chanted "M-V-P." USA Today Sports

Goran Dragic: I would like to thank to all @Suns fans and to my team for supporting me!I'm truly bless to play basketball for such a great organization Twitter @Goran_Dragic

February 11, 2014 Updates

Q: When you took Earl Clark over Jrue Holiday at 14 was that partly because you thought you had Curry and didn’t want to draft two point guards? Steve Kerr: We liked Holiday a lot. We still had Nash, we had Goran Dragic who we loved and we had a potential thought we had a potential deal involving Curry. We didn’t know what was going to happen. And so you toss all that together, we were thinking, ‘Well, we could end up with four point guards. Do we take a guy and then just let it sort out later?’ That’s probably the right thing to do, just take the best player and sort it out later. San Jose Mercury-News

February 6, 2014 Updates

Rockets coach Kevin McHale isn’t surprised at the year Phoenix guard Goran Dragic is having. Dragic, who is averaging 20.1 points per game for the Suns this season, played for the Rockets two seasons ago, in McHale’s first year coaching the team. “I saw Goran do the same things for 20 games or whatever it was when Kyle Lowry was hurt when he was here with us,” McHale said. “It was very impressive. I have seen him do it before and (Phoenix coach Jeff) Hornacek has opened it up for him. He runs up and down the floor. He attacks. He is just a clever guy with the ball. He is a very good basketball player. I think that he has been for awhile.” Houston Chronicle

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The issue is whether Dragic did enough to convince head coaches from a loaded Western Conference to vote him as one of seven West All-Star reserves. If he is not announced in that group Thursday night, the next issue is whether incoming Commissioner Adam Silver would pick him as a replacement All-Star should injured Lakers guard Kobe Bryant not play (a likely scenario) or injured Clippers guard Chris Paul not play (he plans to play). "If they put me there, I'll probably be the happiest guy in the whole world," Dragic said. "For the first five seasons, I couldn't even imagine or think about that I could be there. If that happens, I think I'm going to cry or something." USA Today Sports

Dragic’s starry goals were undeterred by early career struggles, with coach Terry Porter stripping his confidence and an offending trade. Three years ago, then-General Manager Lance Blanks sent a struggling Dragic to Houston with a first-round pick for Aaron Brooks, who averaged 9.6 points in 25 games with the Suns. Dragic’s confidence remained so high that he had an annual All-Star bonus negotiated into the contract that he signed to return to the Suns in 2012. If he cashes in on that $1 million bonus this season, Dragic would have a check to match his smile. Arizona Republic

January 16, 2014 Updates

While Morris went off for 24 points, seven boards and four assists to make up for his early exit a game prior, Young got whacked in the face by Suns rookie Alex Len. Then, he lost his cool. Young stood up and found himself in a shoving match with several Suns, including Len and the Morris twins. When Goran Dragic tried to move Young away from the Phoenix players, Swaggy P got a little too close to the swagger of Muhammad Ali — at least for the game of basketball. “I got caught up in the moment like anyone would,” Young said. “It was a tough foul. What I’m mad about is it was one on five, I felt like, and if somebody would have gotten in the middle, it wouldn’t have escalated that much. “I feel bad for Dragic,” he added. “He was the last person right there and I didn’t throw I punch. I was trying to shove people out of the way. I didn’t try to push Dragic, he’s my guy. I feel bad for that.” Valley of the Suns

“What I’m mad about is just that it was 1-on-5. If somebody would have got in the middle it wouldn’t have escalated that much.” “…I’m very frustrated…but it’s basketball, you know?” beyondthebuzzer.com

“I went up for the ball,” Len said. “I didn’t mean to hit him in the face. Hard foul. I wanted to block him but I was a little late so I was about to foul him. But I didn’t mean to hit him in the face. I knew he was going to do that (retaliate) because I knocked him down on the floor. He had to get back. I respect that.” On replay, it seems clear that Len was not aiming for Young’s head because he is looking up at the arena ceiling prior to bringing his arms down. Arizona Republic

January 15, 2014 Updates

Nick Young lost his mind in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers’ Wednesday game against the Phoenix Suns. First, he drew a hard foul from Suns center Alex Len on this drive to the basket. Young retaliated with a shove against Len. From there, things escalated and Young threw a punch at Suns point guard Goran Dragic. After an extensive video review, Young and Len were both ejected from the game. Young will likely see a fine and could even get suspended for the punch of Dragic. For The Win

January 11, 2014 Updates
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

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