The next time Goran Dragic takes the floor will not be for the Phoenix Suns.
The point guard made official his intentions to play for the Slovenian National Team at the 2014 FIBA World Cup in a press conference Tuesday.
In a press release run through Google Translate, it appears Dragic took his health and the Suns’ wishes into account, informing the NBA squad of his intentions before making the official announcement Tuesday.
“This year’s NBA season in Phoenix Suns basketball team was both physically and mentally very tough, while I was still plagued by problems with a damaged ankle,” Dragic said. “Initially, I really wanted to take the time just to rehabilitation and family, but I’ve only after one month break, gather strength and easier to take a final decision. Similarly, all the inquiries that I have done recently showed that I’m in perfect physical shape just in time World Cup. Great honor to represent the Slovenian colors and Spain fans unite for mutual success Slovenian national team.”
The 28-year-old Dragic is coming off a season in which he averaged 20.3 points, 5.9 assists and 3.2 rebounds. He battled through various injuries to play in 76 games, but was visibly worn down toward the end of the season.
— Košarkarska zveza SL (@kzs_si) May 27, 2014