HoopsHype Goran Dragic rumors

August 29, 2014 Updates

"He was awesome," Dragic continued. "He was our best player on the court. "It means a lot to play with him. We don't see each other so often. OK, on Skype, but it's not the same. Now it's a perfect situation for us to play together with the national team. "We can share the court and maybe do some damage [in Group D]. And hopefully someday we can play each other in the NBA." ESPN.com

August 27, 2014 Updates
August 26, 2014 Updates

Dragic still might be seen more than Derrick Rose on Tuesday, but the agreement has been for Dragic to be kept to one practice per day and no more than 25 minutes of playing time in exhibition appearances. The Suns and his agents agreed to bump his exhibition appearances from three to five, which still keeps him out of most of Slovenia's 16 exhibitions. "You have to be ready and be fair," said Rade Filipovic, who represents Dragic along with agent Bill Duffy. "We don't want him to be burned out or injured. Everyone is concerned or cautious. "You have to respect Phoenix. He had two or three ankle injuries. It's tough. When you were born like him, you want to play. You know Goran. He plays hurt. But he's 100 percent healthy. I expect him to be 100 percent and fresh for the new season. We try to learn from the past mistakes. He's a national hero and the only guy who is the pride of the nation. It's a huge pressure for him." Arizona Republic

Suns General Manager Ryan McDonough talked Monday to Dragic, who also said that he is "fresh." McDonough said Filipovic, Duffy, the Slovenians and the Suns have cooperated to execute a mutually beneficial plan. "We wanted to make sure Goran was fresh and stays healthy but still allow him to get ready for the tournament," McDonough said. "It's been a positive experience." Arizona Republic

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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
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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

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