Apr 12, 2014; Dallas, TX, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic (1) drives to the basket past Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion (0) and forward Dirk Nowitzki (41) during the first quarter at the American Airlines Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Goran had a great year last season with the Suns with stats of 20 points per game and shot 40% from downtown. Both career highs for the Slovenian.
His younger brother, Zoran, has been playing for BC Unicaja in Europe but has received a lot of attention, recently, for his stellar play in the FIBA World Cup alongside his brother for the national Slovenian team.
Multiple teams have been interested in Zoran’s services, including the Phoenix Suns, and apparently Zoran has narrowed his search down to just the Suns.
Now, Zoran and the Suns need to workout the numbers including a buyout deal in order for Zoran to be released from this contract with BC Unicaja.
From Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic, Coro states in regards to Zoran:
"Because he was undrafted in 2011, there is no limit on what a salary for the younger Dragic could be. His salary would need to be more than $2 million to justify sacrificing $500,000 of his own money in the buyout and walking away from a Malaga contract that would pay him about $1.4 million this year, along with most of his living expenses.–Paul Coro, azcentral.com and Arizona Republic"
Both sides, Zoran and the Suns, would have to contribute some extra money in order to move Zoran over to the NBA. Reportedly, Goran has said he will contribute some of his own money as well in order to help his brother move on over to the NBA and play alongside him with the Phoenix Suns.
The terms of the NBA contract will, according to ESPN’s Marc Stein, be a 2-year contract:
It is looking more and more likely that a deal will be completed in the near future and, quite possibly, sometime this week. This will be very interesting to watch Zoran and Goran play together like they did for their Slovenian team in the FIBA World Cup. They played very well together there and, now, hopefully they can do the same in the NBA against much harder competition.
We will just have to wait and see for ourselves…and that is just the beauty of it.