Whispers to ESPN’s Marc Stein on Thursday indicated the Indiana Pacers had tried to engage the Phoenix Suns in trade talks centered around point guard Goran Dragic. It’s important to note Stein used “tried” to insinuate that the Suns wouldn’t be interested for anything that the Pacers could offer. But the thought that this might be a real discussion was aided by Stein’s mention of Indiana attempting to pull the Boston Celtics into the talks.
Whispers are already out there, @ZachLowe_NBA, about Indy trying to pull in Boston to construct some sort of multi-team deal involving Rondo
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 3, 2014
Take a deep breath if you’re a Suns fan worried that the team’s first star since Steve Nash is going to be shipped out of town all that easily. Sporting News’ Sean Deveney followed Stein’s report with a source telling him that this is all a one-sided affair.
Suns trading away Goran Dragic, possibly to the Pacers? Not so fast, says a source with knowledge of the talks.
“No, no, no,” the source said. “Nothing to that. The team and Goran, they’re still committed to each other.”
Paul Coro also shrugged off the rumor.
Of course, Pacers are interested in an All-NBA PG upgrade. Of course, the Suns answer calls & listen. It doesn’t mean a trade is happening.
— Paul Coro (@paulcoro) July 3, 2014
It’s easy to understand why the Pacers would want Dragic, who averaged 24.5 points and five assists per game against the them in two games last season (Side note: Dragic’s 61.3 percent accuracy from the floor against Indiana was the best against any NBA opponent in 2013-14. His two worst shooting games came against San Antonio and Miami).
Yes, Dragic is expected to opt out next summer, which could lead to a price tag that hurts the Suns. Phoenix could survive losing Dragic now or later if it does indeed re-sign Eric Bledsoe this summer. General manager Ryan McDonough would have to get a very good offer for Dragic, and even if that includes a player that in this loosely-rumored, three-way talks might be McDonough favorite Rajon Rondo, there’s a lot of things that will have to be certain for Phoenix to get serious about dealing its All-NBA point guard.