Goran Dragic had been linked with the Dallas Mavericks for the most part of free agency, so it shocked a lot of people when the veteran playmaker signed with the Chicago Bulls on Sunday.

Apparently, though, the Slovenian guard has a connection with the Bulls that motivated him to sign with the team: Nikola Vucevic.

According to KC Johnson of NBC Sports, Vucevic played a role in recruiting the 36-year-old Dragic, knowing that he could very well be a good influence and mentor for their young guards.

Dragic’s arrival will be a boon for White and Ayo Dosunmu, who can learn plenty from the veteran. He is known as a consummate professional and teammate, which is why close friend Nikola Vucevic played such a significant role in helping recruit Dragic. The two share a representative in Bill Duffy.

Goran Dragic played for the Brooklyn Nets in the latter half of the 2021-22 season. He started the year with the Toronto Raptors before eventually getting traded to the San Antonio Spurs and being bought out.

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While he is no longer the same impactful guard he used to be, there is no doubt he still has a lot left in the tank. He averaged 10.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists in four games for the Nets in the 2022 playoffs.

While it would have been great to see Dragic play alongside Luka Doncic in Dallas considering their Slovenia connection, it’s not bad at all to have the veteran play with another good friend in the Bulls as well.