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Suns' Dragic may go back to Europe

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10:25 AM ET 08.21 | The contract of Goran Dragic with the Phoenix Suns expires next summer (with a team option to extend it for one more season). The 24-year-old guard, currently playing for the Slovenian national team, doesn't rule out the possibility of going back to Europe, and showed interest in playing for a Greek team.

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August 21, 2010  10:38 AM ET

The kid's got game. Point guards are commodities. I figure he stays in the NBA. This is likely just a ploy to drive up his next contract, likely with the Suns as Steve Nash can't have many years left after this one.

August 21, 2010  10:45 AM ET

He is a decent backup, not a major starter material. That said, players wanting to go back to Europe aren't necessarily posturing. It does make economical sense to go back, stay close to home, get paid more or less the same.

August 21, 2010  10:59 AM ET

He's got a decent NBA game but just like Rudy in Portland he is just a bench player in the NBA. I assume these guys thought they would come to the US and be starters like they where in Europe. The problem is most of the Euro's that have done well in the NBA have been big men.

August 21, 2010  11:04 AM ET

Oh what a Dragity.

August 21, 2010  11:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

He's got a decent NBA game but just like Rudy in Portland he is just a bench player in the NBA. I assume these guys thought they would come to the US and be starters like they where in Europe. The problem is most of the Euro's that have done well in the NBA have been big men.

Good point.

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August 21, 2010  11:23 AM ET

Great backup Pg

August 21, 2010  11:30 AM ET

Let's not forget the quantum leap his game took from year 1 to the end of last year. He's only 24 so it will be interesting to see how he develops this year. With Nash aging and Barbosa gone, his minutes will likely go up.

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August 21, 2010  12:57 PM ET

After him "proving his worth" during the playoffs last season, it would be best for the suns to extend his contract for one year, and use him as trade bait.

August 21, 2010  01:00 PM ET

Come to LA, Bro.

August 21, 2010  01:15 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

He is a decent backup, not a major starter material. That said, players wanting to go back to Europe aren't necessarily posturing. It does make economical sense to go back, stay close to home, get paid more or less the same.

And at $1,972,000 this year, and a Team Option for only $2,108,000 Dragic is in Phoenix or the NBA somewhere for the next two seasons....

It is the same thing with Rudy Fernandez $1,246,680 this season, team option for Only $2,180,443...

these players from Europe who WANT so bad to play in the NBA, got to get better agents then who get them low paying / long term contacts...then one year or two later the player want out to go back to Europe for more Euro's

August 21, 2010  01:25 PM ET

I mean even SA / Tiago Splitter supposed to be one of the top centers in Europe only $3.4m $3.7m $3.94m ...even Darko got $4.3m from MINN

August 21, 2010  01:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

I mean even SA / Tiago Splitter supposed to be one of the top centers in Europe only $3.4m $3.7m $3.94m ...even Darko got $4.3m from MINN

Why would anyone pay that much for Busto, err, I mean Darko?

August 21, 2010  02:52 PM ET

I would go back for one reason, the women! After a month in Europe I always go to a cocktail bar and just get the shock out of the way while I drink and listen to them in those squeaky look at me now voices.

He did play pretty well in the playoffs by the way.

August 21, 2010  03:45 PM ET

As a long time suns fan, I have loved seeing dragic develop. In the beginning he did look like a flop but as time progressed, especially this season, he has blossomed into a much better pg. I'm not saying he is starter material yet, but he has shown signs of his true talent. Dragic is an athletic scorer and shouldnt try to be a steve nash, when he gets going he is unstoppable (4rth quarter against SA and game against utah that very few people saw to just name two instances). The Suns should definitely keep him and let him develop cuz the kid has talent!

August 21, 2010  04:58 PM ET

drago has some game, he showed it during this years wcf's. hes just playing the field and letting everyone know this is his free agent year. point guards are a dime a dozen but quality point guards are a rarity.

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