Goran Dragic will play for the Nets

One of the great doubts of the market of buyouts has been resolved: Goran Dragic is going to play for the Brooklyn Nets. The 35-year-old Slovenian base was looking for an applicant in which to complete a season in which he had not played. In the summer he was traded to the Toronto Raptors in the kyle lowry operation. In Canada he had no interest in playing (five games is all baggage) and was outside the franchise until the day the market closed he was sent to the Spurs as part of the operation that brought Thaddeus Young to the Raptors. Four days later the Spurs cut him down and now Dragic has stripped the daisy.

He will play for the new Nets, where Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving continue (for now part-time, only away from home) but where James Harden came from and where Ben Simmons, Seth Curry and Andre Drummond arrived. The Bucks were another of Dragic’s suitors, for which there was interest from more teams, such as the Lakers. Not so for the Mavericks, who considered their squad closed and who have not bid for the point guard despite the fact that he sounded strong at the start of the season and his obvious connection with his compatriot Luka Doncic.

Steve Nash, with whom Dragic coincided in the Suns, has been key to Dragic’s arrival at one of the great contenders for the ringa team that will have a tremendous playoff rotation: Kyrie, Durant, Curry, Simmons, Drummond and also Patty Mills, Cam Thomas, Blake Griffin, LaMarcus Aldridge, Bruce Brown, James Johnson, shooter Joe Harris in case his injury don’t force him to miss the whole season… and now also Goran Dragic, a very veteran player but who performed wonderfully in the Heat that reached the Bubble Final in the fall of 2020.

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Dragic has not played since November 13 and in his five games with the Raptors he averaged 8 points and 1.8 assists. In his NBA career, he has 13.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 872 games (524 starts) distributed between Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat, Houston Rockets and Toronto. In 2018 it was all star and in 2014, NBA Most Improved Player and member of the Third Best Quintet. To make room for him on their roster, the Nets are going to cut point guard Jevon Carter.

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