Trade deadline prediction for the Dallas Mavericks: 1. Goran Dragic signs in Dallas
Dragic coming to Dallas has been in the rumor mill since last season ended. The veteran thought he would be a free agent, but Miami picked up his $19.4 million player option before dealing him to Toronto in the Kyle Lowry sign-and-trade. Dragic played just five games with the Raptors before leaving the team to deal with a personal issue.
The Raptors are in no rush to make a move. They are hoping to use his salary to match in a trade before the Feb. 10 deadline. If they cannot move him, Dragic is expected to be bought out with Dallas still in front on signing him.
The 35-year-old point guard wants to play with his friend and countryman Luka Doncic. The duo helped Slovenia win EuroBasket 2017 under head coach and current Mavericks assistant Igor Kokoskov. Dragic wants to play with Luka again and bring his postseason experience to Dallas to help the Mavs escape the first round.
The Dallas Mavericks will be active and aggressive before the Feb. 10 trade deadline, but fans should not expect massive changes. They will add a rotation piece in a deal, and sign Dragic on the buyout market. Dallas improves their depth as they look to make a playoff run. Stay tuned for all the latest news, rumors, and analysis at The Smoking Cuban.