The Houston Rockets and 26-year-old point guard Goran Dragic were "far apart" on terms of a new deal on Monday, ESPN's Marc Stein reported.
After the Rockets originally expected a quick deal, they now appear likely to lose Dragic — one source close to the process told Stein that a deal was "not going to happen." Dragic will now move on to visit the Phoenix Suns, the team that traded him to the Rockets at the 2011 deadline.
SI's Sam Amick reported earlier Monday that a number of teams were interested in Dragic. From Amick's report:
A source close to free-agent point guard Goran Dragic said the Raptors, Suns, Nets, Hornets, Lakers and Rockets have all expressed interest. The Rockets, for whom Dragic shined in the second half of last season, are said to be coming on the strongest. But Dragic, according to the source, has a serious interest in being part of a winning team and will consider that factor as much as the money. The source made it clear, however, that Dragic expects to be a starter for whichever team he joins.
Stein reported that Dragic is looking for an average salary of at least $10 million per year and that he wants to be a starter. Dragic came on strong for the Rockets after this season's All-Star break, when starter Kyle Lowry went down with an injury. He averaged 16.3 points and 7.3 assists after the All-Star break. Overall, he put up 11.7 points and 5.3 assists per game while starting 28 games.