Goran Dragic says he prefers not to stay with Raptors
Toronto general manager Bobby Webster, via Josh Lewenberg of TSN:
Did anyone tell Dragic?
Zoran Savin (hat tip: Brad Townsend of The Dallas Morning News):
Michael Grange from Sportsnet Canada reached out to Dragic about the comments and he apologized.
I just spoke with former Miami Heat and (for now) Toronto Raptors guard Goran Dragic about his comments on Slovenian TV. He is one of the most respected vets in the NBA, and clearly feels terribly about how things have come across. Story coming soon for @Sportsnet: pic.twitter.com/gNa0u5gR31— Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) August 9, 2021
Dragic (35) isn’t a natural fit as Toronto builds long-term around Scottie Barnes (20), OG Anunoby (24), Fred VanVleet (27) and probably/maybe Pascal Siakam (27).
But those incumbent Raptors are way too good just to tank. Toronto could use a solid point guard like Dragic to replace Lowry in a bid to return to the playoffs next season (if that even interests the Raptors).
On an expiring $19.44 million contract, Dragic holds limited power. If he offered to surrender enough money in a buyout, perhaps Toronto would accommodate him..
But the Raptors would prefer positive return on a trade (which would also allow Dragic to keep his entire salary, though not control of his destination).
Wanting a trade from the Suns 2015, Dragic publicly blasted Phoenix’s front office. It worked. The Suns traded him to Miami. He later expressed regret for the comments, nearly admitting he was exaggerating to incite a deal.
So, we’ll see whether Dragic again agitates for a move. But that’s his best leverage at this point.