The Phoenix Suns are running low on time to find a trade partner for Goran Dragic, and teams are starting to cool off on the idea of gambling on his impending free agency. Dragic has made it clear he has no intention of re-signing with the Boston Celtics, Houston Rockets or Sacramento Kings if they trade for him, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.
Dragic trade scenarios spiked when his agent informed Phoenix he was ready to move on. The 28-year-old point guard went on to express a handful of teams he was interested in joining which included the Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat and New York Knicks. Trade rumors have been quiet regarding any of his three preferred destinations, particularly the Lakers who are "unlikely" to make a deadline move. The Lakers have also been linked to Ty Lawson, but there's been little traction on that front.
One of the hurdles with acquiring Dragic is committing to re-signing him to a hefty five-year contract. A team giving up any assets to land him would certainly want to retain him, but waiting until free agency knocks off a year and creates a more flexible salary situation. It also allows any team interested in Dragic a chance to keep as many assets as possible before pursuing him in the summer. This would also allow teams the chance to see how the 2015 NBA Draft plays out before tying up money to free agents.
A contender may be willing to gamble on Dragic, but that would mean less assets in return for the Suns as a result. Still, considering one of Dragic's problems is how the Suns have handled their point guard heavy roster, it could turn out to be a more suitable situation for Goran. There's still a possibility the Suns don't find the right deal and try to ride out the season and a potential playoff run with Dragic.