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Ryan McDonough on trading his best player: ‘Eric Bledsoe and Markieff Morris are still in Phoenix Suns uniforms’

Houston Rockets v Phoenix Suns

Houston Rockets v Phoenix Suns

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Goran Dragic stated his desire to leave the Suns and criticized their management.

After trading him to the Heat, the Suns are firing back.

General manager Ryan McDonough, via Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic:

President Lon Babby:

McDonough is correct that signing Isaiah Thomas was not a mistake. Phoenix got a first rounder out of it.

It’s also a fair point that McDonough wasn’t worried about Dragic’s list of the Heat, Lakers and Knicks (though it probably affected what those teams and other teams offered Phoenix).

And Babby is right that adding Eric Bledsoe was worth the potential downside to Dragic. The combination largely worked well together.

I won’t get into whether Dragic’s comments on the front office – “I don’t trust them” – were fair. I have no way of knowing what he was promised.

But with all due respect to Markieff Morris and Bledsoe (who was having the top season so far in Phoenix because adjusted best to the crowded backcourt), Dragic was the Suns’ best player.