Report: Suns could target Goran Dragic
On June 28, we'll find out whom the Suns will take with the 13th overall selection in the NBA Draft.
More importantly, on July 1, the free agency period starts and we'll learn about the future of Steve Nash. The two- time league MVP is a free agent and has been linked to about a dozen NBA teams who may have interest in signing him, including the Suns.
But what if Nash moves on to greener pastures by either signing a free agent contract or as part of a sign-and- trade deal orchestrated by the Suns? Then what?
The Suns could be looking at Nash's heir apparent in the draft in the form of North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall.
There are several intriguing point guard options on the free agent market as well, including Deron Williams and former Nash backup Goran Dragic.
Dragic, whom the Suns traded to Houston in February of 2011, got his first taste of being a starting point guard this past season when Kyle Lowry went down with an injury. As a starter, Dragic averaged 18.0 points and 8.4 assists per game while shooting 49% from the floor. He's made himself a commodity on the market.
According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Suns have Dragic on their radar.
Assuming that is not Houston, a source told Sporting News, Dragic could wind up in a familiar surrounding anyway—back in Phoenix. Should the Suns lose Nash in free agency, Phoenix is expected to make a push to re-sign Dragic and give him the reins in coach Alvin Gentry's offense. That would suit Dragic.
Dragic was a second round pick by the San Antonio Spurs in 2008, but was dealt to the Suns on draft night for Phoenix pick Malik Hairston, a 2009 second round pick and cash.
In three seasons with the Suns, Dragic averaged 6.7 points and 2.7 assists in 183 regular season games. He's best remembered for his tremendous performance in Game 3 of the 2010 Western Conference Semifinals, when he poured in 26 points in just 17:27 of playing time in a win over the San Antonio Spurs.
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