Goran Dragic has been away from the Raptors since Nov. 13, officially dealing with a “personal matter,” while Toronto’s front office has looked for a trade for the veteran point guard. Dragic had said he didn’t want to play with a young Toronto team (then apologized for his statement).
That trade will come before the deadline, reports Doug Smith of the Toronto Sun.
“According to multiple NBA sources, granted anonymity because nothing has been finalized, the Raptors are finding great interest in a myriad of differently structured deals for the veteran point guard and he is almost certain to be dealt near the Feb. 10 NBA trade deadline…
“No names were clear in conversations with sources here on the weekend but it is clear that, 10 days out from the deadline, general manager Bobby Webster and president/vice-chairman Masai Ujiri are being proactive in seeking deals.”
Dragic makes $19.4 million this season, the final year of his contract. The Raptors are $2.8 million above the luxury tax line and would like to get below that number. They also will be an above the cap team this offseason that cannot make any big free agent signings. Toronto may want to trade for a player who makes a few million less per season but is under contract for another year or two, someone who can help them on the court. The team that trades for Dragic would likely buy him out.
There are a lot of questions about who and where, but expect Dragic to get traded before the Feb. 10 deadline.