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Still, as the trade deadline neared, the Suns believed they had a commitment from Dragic that he would stay longterm if they traded Thomas -- a commitment that came, according to a league source, after Dragic met with owner Robert Sarver. So the Suns got serious about making a deal for Thomas. They thought they could re-sign Dragic to a deal that, if not a max deal, would have certainly kept him happy. But the Suns moved too late. Dragic made his feelings known to them in a meeting on Feb. 15, then echoed those sentiments publicly the next day, adding the twist that the Suns were untrustworthy. This set off both McDonough and Babby, who took the unusual step of publicly rebuking Dragic after the trade was made. NBA.com

Dragic's wife, Maja, and son, Mateo, remain in the Valley because she is expecting their second child. Dragic has averaged 13.8 points and 5.4 assists for Miami, who lost Chris Bosh to a blood clot on his lung at the same time as Dragic's arrival. Arizona Republic

Do you feel good about the way it ended in Phoenix? Giran Dragic: “I wish it would have gone differently. I’m never the guy who is going back in the past. What it is, it is. I’m always going to be grateful for what the organization and Robert (Sarver) and his family did for me. But I wish it ended on different circumstances.” Palm Beach Post

Do you regret how you handled it? Giran Dragic: “Definitely. Maybe I came too harsh. I came out and said what I was feeling. I never said nothing about how it was a bad organization, just how I felt. Maybe I shouldn’t say that, but I’m an honest guy so I say what I feel. I felt that at that time. “When I look back, it sounds harsh. It is what it is. I cannot correct this. The people who know me and were with me all those years, they know my personality. I never intended to do something to harm the organization or the people who were working with me.” Palm Beach Post

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“Heading into the All-Star break, we didn’t love the vibe around our team,” McDonough said. “I feel like there was a little more selfishness than there was last year. I think there’s some guys probably more concerned about their stats or individual contract status than team success. That’s one thing we’re trying to do here. We’re trying to build a culture, trying to find the core guys, the key guys to build around. I feel like we’re getting closer.’’ “Sometimes the players look at it and the agents look at it and say ‘What’s best for my client?’ As a player, ‘What benefits me the most?’ That was a bit disappointing. [The three-guard offense] certainly didn’t succeed. It certainly didn’t fail but we’re fine with that.” Boston Globe

The Suns are 2½ games behind Oklahoma City for the final playoff spot with a Thursday home matchup with the Thunder, in what could be considered the most important game of the season. The upheaval has to subside soon for Phoenix to fulfill expectations. “We just have to start winning,” McDonough said. “Despite all the changes and the turmoil, we’re two games out of the eighth spot right now. We’re going to see what we can do. Since we made the moves, the vibe around our team is better. The players have more energy. I feel good about our direction.” Boston Globe

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