The Phoenix Suns want to re-sign guard Goran Dragic, though various reports suggest the team might part ways with Dragic instead of losing him to free agency.
With the NBA trade deadline looming Thursday at 3 pm ET, various reports have focused on the Suns, who have a crowded group of guards with Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas. Bledsoe signed a five-year, $70 million deal with the Suns last year, while Thomas signed a four-year, $27 million contract after he landed in Phoenix via a sign-and-trade with the Sacramento Kings.
Dragic can become a free agent after this season if he declines his $7.5 million player option for 2015-16.
Dragic's agent will meet with Suns officials on Tuesday, and the team's determination to re-sign the six-year veteran remains "unchanged," reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports. Suns owner Robert Sarver also recently attended an annual All-Star event put on by Dragic's agent, Bill Duffy, reports Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.
Howard Beck of Bleacher Report also reported on Monday that the Suns were "active" on the phones this weekend, and could be ready to deal Dragic instead of losing him to free agency.
Re Dragic: It's not that Suns don't want to re-sign him. They do. But they're worried he'll leave in July anyway. Thus, exploring deals.— Howard Beck (@HowardBeck) February 16, 2015
Earlier this month, reports suggested the Suns would be more likely to trade Thomas than Dragic before the deadline.
Dragic, 28, has had two stints with the Suns, bookending 88 games he spent with the Houston Rockets over 2010-12.
This season, the Slovenian guard is averaging 16.2 points per game, second on the Suns behind Bledsoe, as well as 4.1 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.
The Suns finished the season's first half 29-25, eighth in the Western Conference.
- Mike Fiammetta