Dallas Mavericks trade talk: Is this the year for Goran Dragic?

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Since the day the Dallas Mavericks selected Luka Doncic in the NBA Draft, fellow Slovenian Goran Dragic has been linked to the Mavs. The countryman and friend of Dallas’ superstar, wouldn’t just be a good companion and locker room presence, but also an important part of the Mavs offense.

Last season Dragic averaged 13.4 points and 4.4 assists and was a key part of the Miami offense. It’s unknown if Miami will pick up his $19.4 million option but  it’s largely expected given his value around the league and fairly important role on the team.

This could be the year the Dallas Mavericks finally get to add Goran Dragic to the roster.

If Miami declines his option, Dallas would be a favorite to sign him. If Miami picks it up with the intention of trading him, Dallas again would likely be considered frontrunners for him.

Dragic comes with risk which is why he’s potentially available in the first place. He’s 35-years-old and has missed time in each of the last three seasons. But the former All-Star has been highly effective when healthy, and would be an efficient addition to the Dallas Mavericks roster as long as they accept his availably status and plan for load management.

Given the risk factors, Dragic wouldn’t require a significant commitment.  He’s well aware his career is in the 11th hour and if he comes to Dallas as a free agent, he’d likely accept a one or two-year deal. If traded, he’ll play on his option year, which would also be the last of his deal.

A career 36.4 percent three-point shooter, Dragic would stretch the floor alongside Doncic. He’d be a secondary ball handler who could create on his own – something the Dallas Mavericks desperately need.

Goran Dragic wouldn’t offer much in the way of defense so new Mavs coach Jason Kidd would need to keep that in mind when building lineups. But he’d be a smart guard that Luka would work well with and Kidd could build the offense around both stars.

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The 2021 free agency period did not develop like we once hoped a couple seasons ago. Most of the top options went off the board months ago (when they decided to stay with their current clubs). If the Dallas Mavericks want to temporarily reload this year, and keep the powder dry for next summer, Dragic would be a good way to go about it.

We’ve seen the boost Chris Paul had on the young Suns this past season. Sometimes adding a strong veteran is all you need to put an entire team over the top. While Dragic isn’t on Paul’s level, he’s a strong veteran who would fit well on the Mavs and probably keep Doncic happy in the process.

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  • Published on 07/21/2021 at 16:01 PM
  • Last updated at 07/21/2021 at 14:03 PM