The Dragon breathed fire… and everyone got burnt.
Goran Dragic stunned the NBA world when he took a team supposed to be a cellar-dweller a couple games away from the playoffs in the super competitive Western Conference. He was snubbed for the All-Star game but got his revenge as he made the All-NBA third team. This is the first Suns All-NBA player (1st, 2nd or 3rd team) since Steve Nash and Amare Stoudemire were selected to the All-NBA team for the 2009-10 season.
What does Dragic’s future hold?
He is the best player on a near-playoff team and was named one of the best guards in the league. The Slovenian is already 28 years old and has had some occasional chronic injury issues from wear and tear as he put the team on his back. Bledsoe and Dragic both play the same position and Bledsoe is younger, but he’s had knee problems. However, the duo played quite well together last season.
Dragic is still due $7.5 million for the upcoming year with the season after that being a player option. Dragic will probably opt-out of that option and look to get a raise capitalizing on his All-NBA berth and fantastic play. It’s a chance to get in one large contract before he gets a few years past his peak. Though he’ll see a raise, he likely won’t hit the type of deal Bledsoe is about to earn.
According to the early results of our poll from yesterday, about 70 percent of Suns fans would rather see Bledsoe shipped out of town — that’s if one had to be traded. He’s arguably the most popular athlete in the Valley, and Phoenix would be hard-pressed to find a good reason to trade him.
Chances of Dragic being traded: 10 percent. The Phoenix Suns need a superstar. Maybe to swing a deal it’s Dragic on the way out. Maybe it’s Bledsoe. The only scenario where Dragic gets traded is if the Suns are to acquire a player the caliber of Kevin Love. The chances of all that happening are quite low. He’ll be starting for your Phoenix Suns next season. And the Dragon will breathe fire again.