One of the biggest names on the buyout market has chosen a new home, as Goran Dragic reportedly plans to sign with the Brooklyn Nets for the remainder of the season.
The Nets currently sit 8th in the Eastern Conference and 7.0 games back from the top spot with a record of 31-28.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 21, 2022
While a Dragic-Brooklyn pairing isn’t the most shocking outcome, several other teams were named as more prominently in the mix for the veteran point guard. The Milwaukee Bucks were the most recent team to be tied to a strong Dragic pursuit, as ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the loss of Pat Connaughton (fractured hand) could “ramp up” the organization’s efforts.
The Chicago Bulls also found themselves in the Dragic conversation immediately upon his trade from the Raptors to the Spurs. Wojnarowski initially named them – alongside the Mavericks, Clippers, and Bucks – as a team expected to give Dragic a call. However, considering the Bulls’ greater need for size in the frontcourt, as well as the likelihood of a rotational logjam upon the return of Alex Caruso and Lonzo Ball, gauging the front office’s true interest was always difficult. The team then officially waived Alfonzo McKinnie and signed experienced big man Tristan Thompson this weekend, making it even harder to believe they would open yet another roster spot for Dragic.
With the full-time availability of Kyrie Irving still in question, Dragic will now provide a confusing Nets team with some more consistent and reliable play in the backcourt. He may not be what he once was, but he should fit in well on a team that is trying to recapture its championship hopes.
Too bad the Bulls will crush those hopes, especially when LaVine recreates the iconic Derrick Rose dunk on their new point guard!