Hey look, it's out own Kevin Ray and that Dragic kid too...
3 Total Updates since August 21, 2010
over 2 years ago Update 10 comments
This should put many Suns (and NBA) fans at ease.
Goran responded via email about this "matter" and cleared things up for us.
I hope you enjoy the hot Phoenix:) I was a little surprised when I saw your mail:) This news is not correct, because I made a statement that I want to end my basketball carrer in Europe. So this is a big misunderstanding of the Greek journalist. In this moment I'm very happy in the NBA and I'm not going to Europe! I am a member of the Phoenix Suns, and my desire is to stay in Phoenix for many years!
It was nice to hear from you. Greetings from Europe! EL DRAGON:)
Phew ... crisis averted.
And really this wasn't much of a crisis to begin with, but it's always good to be sure.
We certainly don't want to see a Rudy Fernandez type situation where the player is threatening to not show up to camp and is willing to hold-out the last two years of his contract if the Trail Blazers don't trade him. What a mess that is!
Remember to tune in next Sunday when Slovenia takes on the USA in the first round of the World Championships in Turkey. Goran's going to have his hands full with Rose, Curry, Westbrook and Rondo.
He can handle any one of them. Two, even. But all four? That's just not fair to El Dragon!
over 2 years ago Update 0 comments
When you need a Greek basketball quote translated, there's really only one person to call. The best Greek in the basketball blogosphere, Tassos Melas of The Score's fantastic Basketball Jones.
Here's what Tas said Goran said - or at least what the Greek web site reported that Goran said:
I am completely satisfied with my presence in the NBA. These two years helped me evolve as a player. I improved in all areas. I have a contract for this year, and then for the following year, it's my choice whether or not to continue (in Phoenix). Maybe I return to Europe.
Eventually this will happen for sure. I do not know if it will the season after next. But the prospect of a big European team, perhaps even Greek, would interest me very much. Winning titles is always something which is very important.
over 2 years ago Update 2 comments
I exchanged a few text messages with a couple of people in the Suns organization who had not seen the story on the Greek web site about Dragic possibly leaving the NBA after his current contract was complete.
There was speculation about the quality of the translation or that he was perhaps just keeping European fans and media happy. Either way, there’s no immediate cause for alarm.
The Suns do not seem to have any intention of letting Dragic leave.
And considering the $1 million he paid out of his own pocket to buy out of his Spanish contract to come to the NBA and fulfill his dream, it really seems unlikely that Dragic would be headed back to a European club so soon.
If Goran has another year like last season and continues to improve his game even more, he will be in line for a large contract extension from the Suns.
Goran’s never expressed any dissatisfaction with living in the U.S., playing in the NBA or his role on the team. In fact, he seems to be one of the happiest people I’ve known in a long time.
We will continue to try and get a definitive answer from Dragic, but in the meantime, Goran fans should avoid premature panic.
over 2 years ago Update 5 comments
Here's the Google translation of his quote:
I am completely satisfied with my presence in the NBA. These two years of development as a player. Corrected in all areas. I have a contract for this year and post it on my choice whether to continue. Maybe back to Europe.
Eventually this will happen for sure. I do not know if it will be the one after that season. But the prospect of a large European group, perhaps Greek, would be quite interesting for me. Winning titles is always a very important .
Goran is under contract with the Suns for $1.97 million for next season and has a team option for $2.1 million for 2011-12.
It is totally possible this is complete bull crap. We've reached out to Goran for comment, but of course he's traveling with his Slovenian National team right now.
There are several possibilities here with this report:
a) It's complete crap and he never said it or anything like it.
b) There's something "lost in translation".
c) Goran's sending a message that he expects a new (big) contract after this season.
d) He's seriously considering going back to Europe, where he could be closer to home, make great money, and be a lead guard on a good team.
Let's hope that this is just the first two or even the third.