The Dallas Mavericks were rumored to be the buyout destination for Goran Dragic since he was dealt to the Raptors, but things changed after the trade deadline. Dallas acquired Spencer Dinwiddie in the Kristaps Porzingis deal, and the emergence of Jalen Brunson left no minutes for a fourth point guard in the rotation.
Dragic was also traded before the deadline as the Raptors sent him to San Antonio. The 35-year-old secured a buyout from the Spurs and was free to sign with any team. The Mavericks pulled out of the running, but plenty of contenders wanted Dragic.
The Dragon made his decision on Monday afternoon as he choose to join the Brooklyn Nets. Fans should not be surprised as Dragic has a close relationship with current Nets head coach Steve Nash from their days in Phoenix together. The deal is for the remainder of the season, so will Dragic join the Mavs just to play with Luka Doncic this summer? Here is a closer look.
Goran Dragic signs with Nets: Will he play with Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic?
The 35-year-old former All-Star wants to play with the Mavs. Doncic and Dragic are close friends that helped Slovenia win EuroBasket 2017. The Mavericks superstar would benefit from having a veteran point guard to lean on, and the Dragon wants to help mentor his close friend.
Dragic will be free to sign with any team this offseason, and Dallas figures to be high on his destination list. The Mavs are unlikely to have a massive role for the Dragon, but he is comfortable coming off the bench and playing 25 minutes per game.
Goran Dragic and Luka Doncic have plenty of chemistry, and the Dallas Mavericks would benefit from another veteran presence in the locker room. The 6’3 guard could be the one who helps the 22-year-old reach that next level. No, Dragic in Dallas this season, but not rule it out moving forward.