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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

June 27, 2014 Updates

BC Union Olimpija Ljubljana's center Alen Omić (217 cm, 1992) will attend NBA Summer League 2014 in Orlando (from 5th to 11th July) this summer. He will play for Brooklyn Nets. After the Summer League he will join Slovenian National Team camp to prepare for the upcoming FIBA World Championship 2014 in Spain. Sportando

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

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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In news that's good for the Knicks, but not so good for Slovenia, point guard Beno Udrih has opted not to play in the EuroBasket tournament next month, the Slovenian team announced on Monday. ESPN.com

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Beno Udrih with a text message informed Slovenian NT staff that he won't be at Eurobasket in September. The NBA player is the last one of a long list of athletes that won't be available for Eurobasket. Sportando

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According to his agent, Baynes' performances have caught the eyes of several NBA general-managers. "There are two Western Conference teams closely following Aron, and after four rounds of Euroleague, there has been much more serious enquiries and interest shown," Moldovan commented. Specifying on what exactly attracts NBA teams to Baynes, Moldovan said, "they love the that he's a good free throw shooter (68% in Euroleague), which is rare for bigs in the NBA. Because Aron started playing ball so late, he is only now coming to his peak. Judging by the way he's playing now and the interest I'm getting -- the NBA is his next step -- it's now just a matter of finding the right fit for him," he said. Sportando

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