The Phoenix Suns are in full tank mode. It surprised no one when the team pulled the trigger on the Marcin Gortat trade on Friday, moving the center’s expiring contract to the Washington Wizards. However, the team might not be done dealing. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Goran Dragic could be up next.
The Suns are in talks with Bledsoe — their big July acquisition — on a contract extension before next week’s Halloween deadline. That deal is expected to establish the guard as one of the team’s new cornerstones. There is a growing expectation in the league that McDonough ultimately will look to move well-regarded point guard Dragic in a Gortat-style deal for more assets.
Dragic was the Suns’ best player last season, averaging 14.7 points, 7.4 assists and 3.1 rebounds. He is coming off the best season of his career, and his value is certainly pretty high, whether it is as a starting or a backup point guard. With Phoenix looking to extend Eric Bledsoe, keeping Dragic wouldn’t really make much sense, so a potential trade could be in the works. The Suns could have as many as four first-round picks in next summer’s deep draft, and moving Dragic would almost certainly add to that lucrative collection of picks.