About half the NBA is trying to get their hands on Zoran Draigc, currently playing for Unicaja Malaga in Spain, but the Phoenix Suns, maybe due to having a family connection with the Slovenian guard, are the team best positioned to sign him, which should leave the Dallas Mavericks, Indiana Pacers, Miami Heat, Orlando Magic, Sacramento Kings and San Antonio Spurs disappointed.
The 25-year old shooting guard who stands at 6’5 tall and is the younger of the Dragic brothers had a very impressive performance for Slovenia in the Basketball World Cup, averaging 12.9 points in 26 minutes a night. He scored 11 points in the quarterfinals game against the United States, which helped speed up the process of NBA teams chasing him. His 43.3% from beyond the arc through the ornament didn’t hurt either.
According to several sources in Spain and the United States Dragic is likely to get over the final obstacles stopping him from leaving Spain and joining an NBA team, and will sign a two-year deal. The deadline to buyout his contract for any NBA team is on October 5, which means the process should be speeding up very soon to complete the deal.
With or without Eric Bledsoe, the Suns seem to be in a very good situation when it comes to their backcourt. Led by Goran Dragic, they also added Isaiah Thomas to the mix, with Gerald Green , Tyler Ennis and Archie Goodwin as backups. The Suns have two roster spots left with $18.7 million under the cap, so adding more players isn’t really a problem.
Bledsoe at the moment is likely to sign a one-year deal worth $3.7 million instead of a long term contract offered to him ($48 million, four years). A restricted free agent, he hasn’t gotten any offers from any team, but is still looking for a max contract, and will probably take his chances by hitting the market as an unrestricted free agent next summer.
His only out with a max contract seems to be the Minnesota Timberwolves who are considering giving him that max he’s been looking for. However, the only way that deal goes through is via sign-and-trade with the Suns, as the Timberwolves don’t have the cap space to add Bledsoe under those terms.
Dragic has been playing for Malaga in the last two years. He averaged 10.9 points while shooting 35.4% from beyond the arc in 22.9 minutes a night for the team during Euroleague games in the 2013-2014 season.