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Report: Suns don’t want to give up Goran Dragic

Jul 3, 2014, 2:27 PM EDT

Goran Dragic AP

The Suns have third-team All-NBA guard Goran Dragic under contract for at least one more year at a very reasonable $7.5 million (he has a player option for the season after that, he’s likely looking for a healthy raise then). Dragic and restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe were at the heart of a surprisingly resurgent Suns team last season.

So they’re going to trade Dragic?

You’d be right to have been skeptical of a recent report that the Indiana Pacers wanted to trade for Dragic, maybe in a big three-team deal. Not that the Pacers wouldn’t have interest in such a deal, but getting all the other parties on the same page is highly unlikely at best.

Starting with the Suns, who want no part of it, reports Sean Deveney of the Sporting News.

“No, no, no,” the source said. “Nothing to that. The team and Goran, they’re still committed to each other.”

The Pacers should be looking at upgrading the point, it’s a way they can add needed shot creation to the roster quickly and easily. Dragic would be a great fit. But to concoct a trade the Suns would like is going to be hard — Roy Hibbert is not going to cut it. You can bring in the Celtics as a third team, but three-team trades are rare because they are very hard to pull off. And by the way, the Suns don’t really want to trade Dragic.

This time of year you should take every rumor with plenty of salt — teams talk to other teams about everything. A lot of trial balloons are floated, few stay up in the air long. This one has landed with a thud.

  1. fiyeaglesfiy - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:53 PM

    Roy Hibbert didn’t play well down the stretch this season, but he’s not far removed from being the best center in the league (yes, over dwight). His contract is reasonable, has his value dropped this much? Dragic for Hibbert would be an absolute steal for the Suns. The only benefit for the Pacers would be that they can then increase their bid to keep Lance Stephenson by doing a trade like this.

    • chriskrankin - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:58 PM

      Have you seen Dragic play?

      • tomasekradek - Jul 4, 2014 at 5:47 AM

        Maybe… but he definitely haven’t seen Hibbert play

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:40 PM

      Mr. Fiyeaglesfiy, This was the dumbest comment I’ve ever read on this site. And that’s saying something. Congrats

    • trevor123698 - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:22 PM

      if you ask me getting dragic for him would be an epic steal for indiana. dragic to me is one of the top players in the league. dont know where he’d slot in but only maybe 5-6 pg’s id take before him

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 3, 2014 at 5:45 PM

      That was either the dumbest comment of all time or one of the greatest trolls of all time…I can’t make out which one it is though.

    • abchome - Jul 3, 2014 at 11:25 PM

      Don’t worry, the Suns won’t “steal” Hibbert from your team!

    • bkbell3 - Jul 4, 2014 at 2:48 AM

      fiyeagles,WOW, 12 points and 7 rebounds makes you the best center in the league? wow, I’ve never smoked anything anywhere near as good as the stuff your

  2. bobmcbigballs - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:57 PM

    Hibbert is one of the weakest players in the league mentally and wouldn’t fit the Suns system…hardly a “steal” for the Suns.

  3. butchvapor - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    It’s not like the Suns are putting up billboards showing Lebron/Melo wearing Goran’s #1, but the team is dedicated to winning, and if trading a player from the team that finished 9th in the West gets you the players that will improve your odds in Vegas, then you MAKE THE TRADE. Fans will be upset, but they’re the same fans who poo on ownership mid-way through the season for having not done more. The Suns should be doing whatever they can to improve from last years 9th place finish.

    • butchvapor - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      And I’m not saying Hibbert is what they should be going after. HECK NO!! But if a 3team trade can bring you a piece(s) that’ll help you win and bring in more/bigger/better pieces, then you have to consider moving Goran.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jul 3, 2014 at 3:43 PM

      yeah man!!!!!!!! they need to blow it up! THey have to do whatever possible! 9th is a DISGRACE in the sorry West! This is a veteran team that was expected to do HUGE THINGS last year so the time is NOW to make some DRASTIC moves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Screw this young nucleus! Who wants a promising future??? The time is NOW

  4. paleihe - Jul 3, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    What would the purpose of the Suns getting Hibbert be?

    He should be called Agent 0.

  5. cantonb0und13 - Jul 3, 2014 at 6:20 PM

    I heard Hibbert loves donuts.

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