Goran Dragic has wanted to play in Chicago with the Bulls for a long time. The veteran guard got brutally honest on his desire to play in Chicago, as well as his time with the Brooklyn Nets, via translation from @SloHoopsFan on Twitter.
Dragic said that he wanted to play with the Bulls last year but ended up in Brooklyn. He then stated that he was not a fan of playing with the Nets due to a lack of a team-based performance.
“It was quite hard, because it wasn’t about the team, but more about individual performances,” Dragic said.
The Nets attempted to build around superstars last year. They began the season with Kevin Durant and James Harden running the show. Kyrie Irving was originally unable to play due to the Brooklyn vaccine mandate.
Harden wound up getting traded in the Ben Simmons deal with the 76ers. But Simmons never played due to nagging injuries. Meanwhile, Irving was able to return mid-way through the year.
But all of the distractions led to dysfunction on the team. And Goran Dragic simply wanted to play basketball. Between off the court issues and on the court isolations and over-dribbling, the Nets' system was not for Dragic.
The veteran guard has always been a team-first player. He has averaged 5 assists per game during the course of his career. He is not afraid to score by any means, but he is always willing to make the extra pass. So playing in Chicago alongside unselfish players such as DeMar DeRozan and Zach LaVine makes sense for him.
Bulls fans should expect Dragic to fit in with the team off the bat.