HoopsHype Goran Dragic rumors

July 3, 2014 Updates

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

April 23, 2014 Updates

Two months later, it's no more plausible after he has attained what he wanted on South Beach, but dreaming is free for a Suns franchise that can create about $20 million of cap space in July and would like to play off Eric Bledsoe's close friendship with James to make the pursuit. "If we can get LeBron, I would like to get him," Suns guard Goran Dragic said when asked about team off-season needs. Arizona Republic

April 18, 2014 Updates
April 13, 2014 Updates

Dragic said he played at 35-40 percent on the left ankle that he sprained Wednesday and kept him out Friday at San Antonio. "It's tough," Suns coach Jeff Hornacek said. "We told them that all we can do is try to win these last two games and maybe something happens. It's probably not likely but you never know. Our guys are pretty down. They had two great efforts these last two games. "That's how we've been all year with ups and downs and runs. It's a tough way to lose these two games. To their credit, they battled every minute of both games." Arizona Republic

April 11, 2014 Updates

The timing could not be worse. The bad timing is not even that the Suns have to play here with their season in the balance against the Spurs, the NBA's best team, and in an AT&T Center full of ghastly Suns postseason flashbacks from 2003 to 2008. It is the timing of Suns scoring and playmaking leader Goran Dragic going into a limp on his sprained left ankle and how it puts him in question for Friday's game at San Antonio. The game already was a quandary for the Suns (47-31) because, as much as every win can help the playoff chase, the more important game is on the tail end of this back-to-back set Saturday night at Dallas. The Suns are 8-9 this season on the second night of back-to-back sets. Arizona Republic

April 8, 2014 Updates
April 7, 2014 Updates

Suns guard Goran Dragic is a music video star. Klemen Slakonja, a Slovenian television star and comedian, made a music video in which he raps a song about Dragic to celebrate the Suns star's basketball achievements and Slovenian roots. "It's fun," Dragic said of the song, "Dragon, Dragone," a bilingual title for his nickname. "It's about my career and how I became the player I am now and how the fans back home love me. He's even in a suit like when I was a rookie singing on stage." Dragic had to sing "The Greatest American Hero" at a charity event as a rookie. This video, with more than 150,000 views on YouTube, has quite a bit more production value with shots around their hometown, including at the Dragon Bridge. Slakonja's provided translation said the last line means, "We feel pity for your opponents." Arizona Republic

March 25, 2014 Updates

With the Suns enjoying a 6-1 stretch, Dragic's results are back to the norm of his outstanding season by no coincidence. He is shooting 53.8 percent overall and 46.2 percent on 3-pointers over the past seven games with averages of 18.1 points and 4.7 assists. The team success makes him feel emotionally better but the physical wear and tear still exists and makes him consider not playing for his Slovenian national team this September at the World Cup in Spain. "Sometimes, it is too many games," Dragic said. "I still have to sit down with my national team and talk with them about making a decision if I'm going to play or not. I'm thinking more toward not playing and trying to get my body some rest to be fresher for the next season. Arizona Republic

"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

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