The Houston Rockets are eyeing Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic in a potential trade, according to a report from Marc Stein of ESPN.com.
The report says that the Rockets are one of multiple teams hoping to discuss a Dragic deal with the Suns before the Feb. 19 trade deadline.
Dragic, 28, is in his second season in Phoenix after leaving the Rockets in free agency in July 2012. He can become a free agent this offseason by declining a $7.5 million player option for 2015-16.
According to the report, the Los Angeles Lakers plan to offer Dragic a max contract this summer worth an estimated $80 million but are also "presumed to be intent on testing the Suns' resolve" with the point guard.
From the report:
The Suns' general stance in recent weeks and months has been to rebuff all trade interest in Dragic, who is widely regarded as their best player and the closest thing they have to a face of the franchise. But sources say Phoenix has likewise been trying all season to ascertain its chances of re-signing Dragic in July and might feel some pressure to consider trade options in the coming week if fears grow that it could lose Dragic without compensation in free agency.
Over 52 games this season, Dragic has averaged 16.2 points and 4.1 assists while shooting 50.1 percent from the field and 35.5 percent from three-point range.
This offseason the Suns signed guard Eric Bledsoe to a five-year, $70 million deal and guard Isaiah Thomas to a four-year, $27 million deal. Phoenix (29-25) currently sits in eighth place in the Western Conference.
Stein reported on Saturday that the Suns are "more apt" to try to trade Thomas than Dragic before the deadline.
Word is Suns more apt to try to move IThomas before trade deadline, to restore last season's roster balance, rather than surrender GDragic— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 14, 2015