Raptors still hoping to trade Goran Dragic

Raptors still hoping to trade Goran Dragic

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Raptors still hoping to trade Goran Dragic

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How long will Dragic be in Toronto? That remains to be seen. By all accounts, the team is still hoping to move him ahead of the trade deadline, extracting an asset or two from a club that’s gearing up for a title run. The odds of him being a Raptor past February are low. Even still, there’s plenty that he can offer a young team like the Raptors.
Source: TSN

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Kyle Lowry says he asked Goran Dragic for No. 7 with the Heat ‘out of straight respect’ miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia…8:06 AM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
From earlier: Kyle Lowry says he sought Goran Dragic permission for Heat No. 7, ‘out of straight respect’ sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h…5:16 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Kyle Lowry says he asked Goran Dragic for No. 7 with the Heat ‘out of straight respect’ miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia… And more stuff from Day 2 of training camp – 4:46 PM
Josh Lewenberg @JLew1050
Nurse spoke to Dragic shortly after the trade, never got the sense that he didn’t want to be here. NN says Goran has been amenable to whatever role they want to give him. “He’s been fantastic… Very enjoyable to talk to, he’s got a super high IQ, loves the game, competes to win” – 2:20 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
Nick Nurse confirms: Goran Dragic won’t be playing for Raptors 905 this season. – 2:07 PM
Michael Grange @michaelgrange
Chris Boucher on Goran Dragic: ‘That’s a really good vet.’ – 1:50 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
NEW: Kyle Lowry says he asked Goran Dragic for No. 7 with the Heat ‘out of straight respect’ miamiherald.com/sports/nba/mia… And more stuff from Day 2 of training camp – 1:48 PM
Ira Winderman @IraHeatBeat
Kyle Lowry says he sought Goran Dragic permission for Heat No. 7, ‘out of straight respect’; Dragic now No. 1 in Toronto. sun-sentinel.com/sports/miami-h… “No other number means anything to me but seven.” – 1:27 PM
Anthony Chiang @Anthony_Chiang
Of calling Dragic to ask for No. 7 with the Heat, Lowry said today: “I just feel what he did here for this organization, and for me it’s just calling a friend and saying, ‘Listen, no disrespect. If that’s cool with you. No other number means anything to me but seven.'” – 1:11 PM
Shandel Richardson @ShandelRich
Nice move by former Heat guard Goran Dragic earlier this week #miamiheat si.com/nba/heat/miami…10:28 AM

More on this storyline

However, you could understand why Raptors fans may have felt slighted. Dragic could too, at least in hindsight; he’s apologized for his comments multiple times since making them. He knows that first impressions are hard to get back, but he’s trying to make amends. “It came out wrong,” Dragic said at Raptors media day on Monday. “I did apologize and I want to apologize right now too. It was not my intention.” “But the organization and the players welcomed [me]. It was really nice, all the guys are nice. They want me to feel comfortable and I do feel comfortable… I’m a professional, playing in this league for 14 years, so I love basketball. I’m gonna do everything that it takes to be part of this team and to help young players to grow.” -via TSN / September 30, 2021
The Raptors acquired Dragic in exchange for Lowry and his status with them has been reported as potentially headed towards a buyout. While Dragic is too talented to simply be waived, the Raptors will be hard-pressed to find a team eager to pay him $19 million this season. He could be headed towards a buyout if he’s still on the roster past thetrade deadline. Alternatively, he could be used as salary ballast as part of a larger deal and then subsequently bought out by his new team. -via HoopsHype / September 25, 2021

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