Goran Dragić a free agent after Spurs bought him out

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The Goran Dragić lottery is about to start.

The Goran Dragić lottery is about to start.
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Every year in the NBA, at least one highly sought-after role player is traded off by the deadline who has no intention of adjusting to their new team. And often the feeling is mutual. This year that man is Goran Dragić† He was traded from the Toronto Raptors to the San Antonio Spurs and the word “buyout” was mentioned immediately after the deal was announced. Dragić’s buyout is now official, making him a free agent.

A few teams are already lining up for their shot at the 35-year-old guard, who averaged just 8 points and 1.8 assists in five games with the Raptors this season. Dragi is seen as a hot item in the free-agent market, despite its dwindling numbers in limited time this year. His leadership, post-season experience and ability to play in both backcourts make Dragić a valuable piece in the eyes of a few NBA teams.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPNthe Warriors, Lakers, Bucks, Clippers, Bulls and Nets are all interested in signing Dragić† Of the six teams showing serious interest, only the Los Angeles teams are not seen as contenders for a championship this year. The Lakers are hoping for a late run, but the odds of that happening are getting smaller by the day. The Clippers have been without Kawhi Leonard all year and Paul George has been out since late December. So I’d be amazed if Dragić signed in Los Angeles for both teams.

Of the other teams mentioned by Woj, Chicago may have the greatest need for Dragić‘s services. Since January, Lonzo Ball has been out with a meniscus tear and may not return until sometime in March. The Bulls have been plagued with injuries or COVID-19 all season. Dragic . bring in would give them one more ball handler plus more experience to prepare for a potentially long playoff run. It makes sense that the Bulls would bring him in as a little bit of insurance for Ball. And if Ball gets back in shape when he returns, Dragić would add depth to the post-season roster.

Brooklyn can also Dragić. use like any other ball handler, Keeping Kyrie Irving off the ball when available to play. And Milwaukee could use Dragić too, who would provide some much-needed depth to the backcourt, but he could also help with their bank production. And he would probably be a better fit for the Bucks in general than the Nets. With the recent James Harden drama and the ongoing Kyrie saga, Goran may want to steer clear of Brooklyn for now. The Warriors are also expected to have an “aggressive” run at Dragić as he would add to an already deep bank in Golden State.

Although DragićGiven that the number of players is generally low and age is increasing, he could still be a puzzle piece for one of these teams helping them get over the threshold. wherever ends, he is not expected to play big minutes or average 19 points per game as he did for Miami a few years ago during their run to the NBA Finals† This time around, it’s all about his leadership and experience in tough playoffs.

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