Goran Dragic to the Dallas Mavericks felt like a foregone conclusion, based off the recent reports surrounding the former All-Star. However, the latest buzz reveals it might not be a done deal just yet.
ESPN’s Jordan Schultz refuted the recent news that a buyout with current team, the Toronto Raptors, was imminent.
“Contrary to reports, sources tell me Goran Dragic will NOT sign with the Mavs. Furthermore, I’m also told the Raptors and Dragic have yet to even entertain talks of a buyout.”
Contrary to reports, sources tell me Goran Dragic will NOT sign with the #Mavs. Furthermore, I’m also told the #Raptors and Dragic have yet to even entertain talks of a buyout.
Dragic, 35, earned Third-Team All-NBA honors and the league’s Most Improved Player in 2014.
— Jordan Schultz (@Schultz_Report) September 3, 2021
Dragic going to the Mavs felt like the perfect hand-in-glove fit because of his relationship with Luka Doncic. Before Luka Magic graced the Slovenian National Team, there was Goran raising their banner.
It makes way too much sense on the court as well. The Mavs have done a decent job surrounding Doncic with shooters after signing sharpshooter Reggie Bullock and locking up Tim Hardaway Jr. to another contract. But they also need secondary ball-handlers to help take the load off Doncic throughout every game.
The Mavs chased names like Kyle Lowry and Mike Conley Jr., but to no avail. Getting Goran Dragic off the buyout market would have been a coup without giving up any assets in return.
This could very well just be posturing from the side of the Raptors to get some compensation in return. But rest assured the Mavs won’t give up their pursuit of Dragic so easily.