The surprising hiring of Igor Kokoskov as the Phoenix Suns head coach brought forth a potential reunion between him and his national team point guard, Goran Dragic of the Miami Heat.
Though Ira Winderman of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel doesn’t think this would be a viable option for either party.
“But for as much as the Suns might embrace such a reunion from an emotional standpoint, I’m not sure that a 31-year-old point guard is in the franchise’s best interests,” wrote Winderman. “And yet, if the Heat can regain their unprotected 2021 first-round pick dealt for Dragic, it would almost seem like a three-year rental of Dragic represented enough service time for the No. 16 pick the Heat are forwarding to the Suns in this year’s draft.”
“Perhaps the Suns might be more prone to consider such a deal if they wind up with Slovenian sensation Luka Doncic as the result of the lottery.”
A Slovenian connection between Dragic and Doncic could make a lot of sense, while also giving Devin Booker a point guard willing to distribute and also look for his own shot.
The Suns garnered the worst record in the league, winning only 21 games this past season, heading into the NBA Draft Lottery with the highest chances to garner the much-elusive No. 1 overall pick, which they could very well use to address the small forward position.
Phoenix took a small forward in Josh Jackson last season and they might not be willing to gamble on another unless they choose to trade him after one season.
Center DeAndre Ayton, who is hovering as one of the top three talents available prior to workouts, could address the team’s long-storied frontcourt struggles — though it wouldn’t be surprising to see Kokoskov lobby for his former player, who helped carry Slovenia to its first-ever international title at last year’s EuroBasket.