The Dallas Mavericks were rumored to have interest in acquiring Goran Dragic since the end of last season. The 35-year-old guard even made it known he wants to play with his friend and countryman Luka Doncic, but that is not happening.
Dragic was expecting to be a free agent and free to sign with any team, but the Heat picked up his $19.4 million player option and dealt him to Toronto in the Kyle Lowry sign and trade. The veteran guard played just five games with the Raptors before leaving the team for personal reasons. He never returned as the two sides worked to find a trade. Toronto found one on deadline day as Dragic was sent to the Spurs for Thaddeus Young. San Antonio bought him out, and the Dragon is free to sign with any team.
Suitors are lining up for Dragic, but the Mavericks are not one of them. General manager and president of basketball operations Nico Harrison made it clear that their roster was “set” after the Kristaps Porzingis trade. Marc Stein seconded the Mavs lack of interest in his latest Spotify Greenroom (subscription required). If the Mavs are out on Dragic, where does he end up?
Rumors: Dallas Mavericks out on Goran Dragic: Where does he sign?
The Spurs official bought Dragic out, and he is free to sign with any team. He was spotted at the Mavericks win over the Heat in Miami on Feb. 15, but Dallas is out on the bidding after adding Spencer Dinwiddie. The Mavs need a big man not another guard in their current roster construction.
Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Lakers, Bucks, Clippers, Bulls, Nets, and Warriors are all pursuing the free-agent guard. Dragic is likely to chase a ring with the Mavericks out of the running. The Bucks, Nets, or Warriors seem most likely as the Dragon looks to make a deep playoff run and secure his first championship.
Goran Dragic can still impact the game and will be a significant addition to whatever contending team signs him. Expect the 6’3 guard to make his decision in the days ahead as he gears up for a post-All-Star break return to the court.
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