Report: Pacers Offered Roy Hibbert For Goran Dragic?


Phoenix Suns’ weren’t free of trade talks this summer. When free agency began , there were some reports of trade talks involving Goran Dragic of the Phoenix Suns. It was believed that the Indiana Pacers were interested in making a move for Dragic but nothing ever came of it.

Months later, a new report surfaces from the country of Slovenia, where Dragic is playing right now. According to the story, there was a particular trade deal proposed which was, ultimately, rejected by the Phoenix Suns.

Ekipa24 reported (via ProBasketballTalk) (which had to be translated to English):

"Among other things, the Phoenix for Dragic offered Roy Hibbert and Chris Copeland. “And some money,” said Dragic, who he’s interest in Indiana, a transfer from probably nothing will: “According to my information, in Phoenix say they will not accept the offer.”"

Apr 12, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic (1) during the game against the Dallas Mavericks at the American Airlines Center. The Mavericks defeated the Suns 101-98. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Obviously, while the report is read in a weird way, everyone can understand the basic point; Roy Hibbert, Chris Copeland, and cash considerations were offered in exchange for Goran Dragic.

How much truth is behind this report? It is hard to say since it is coming from an unfamiliar foreign source. Regardless, if this report is valid, it is fascinating to think about all of the “what ifs” revolving around the Suns acceptance of this offer.

The Suns would have a big man who seems to have a on/off switch in regards to his play on the court. One year Hibbert can be one of the better big men in the league and the next, he could be completely off the box score for several games in a row. This and the fact that Hibbert’s contract is bloated is why it would make sense for the Suns to reject such an offer.

Another reason would be due to how valuable Goran Dragic really is to the Phoenix Suns. Dragic is smart, makes high percentage shots, and can dish out assists as well. Dragic also has a resonable contract (4 yrs, $30 million) which makes Dragic a huge asset to the Suns’ organization because of the leverage they have in building a team around Dragic and company.

So while spoil everything to go after a big man who may or may not perform at a high level? It is always best to have more answers following a trade than before which is believed to be why the Suns eventually rejected this offer.

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