Goran Dragic wants out of Phoenix, and told the organization that he wouldn’t re-sign there this summer when he becomes an unrestricted free agent.
This time of year, with Thursday’s trade deadline rapidly approaching, these bits of information usually come from reliable reporters who are well-connected with sources at the team or agent level.
But on Wednesday afternoon, Dragic met the media in Phoenix to explain the reasons himself.
“I don’t trust them anymore,” Dragic said following Wednesday’s practice session. “It happens too many times. Two, three times.
“They give promises, OK. It’s hard. But at the same time, I wish them all the best. They were great to me the past five years. I’m always going to have a good memory about Phoenix fans and the city. I just hit that point of my career that it’s better for me and my family to move on.” …
“I don’t feel comfortable with my situation,” he said, adding, “It’s just different. Standing in the corner, it’s not my game. I see that we’re not going the right direction. That’s why I take action and try to put myself in a better position.”
Dragic’s issues stem from the addition of Isaiah Thomas this past summer, which puts him off the ball for the majority of possessions in nearly every lineup scenario.
The irony in all of this is that many believed the acquisition of Thomas was done for insurance purposes, should Dragic ultimately bolt in free agency at the conclusion of this season. Now, it appears as though that move is what ultimately will be blamed for forcing Dragic out.