Phoenix Suns guard Goran Dragic will be one of the most prized free agents next summer, and even though he’s stated a desire to re-sign with the Suns, it’s by no means a guarantee.
Dragic will reportedly have an “open” free agency — whatever that means — and has recently acknowledged Phoenix’s backcourt logjam.
The Suns inked fellow guards Isaiah Thomas and Eric Bledsoe to long-term deals during the offseason.
Per Sporting News:
While that might have been the idea at that time, that’s not the case now, as Dragic will have an “open” free agency, league sources said. When Dragic opts out and becomes a free agent next July, he will be a sought-after commodity, and while Phoenix would get the first hearing, Dragic will have options.
Among those options, according to sources, would be Houston — the team Dragic left in order to sign with Phoenix in 2012. The Rockets are well-stocked with point guards, but nearly all, including starter Patrick Beverley, can become free agents next summer. […] The Lakers also figure to be a potential landing spot for Dragic, a source said — though, to be clear, the Lakers have only about $36 million committed next season with needs at just about every position, and thus are expected to pursue multiple big-name free agents.
At issue with the Suns and Dragic is the guard logjam on the team, which Dragic addressed on Tuesday. He told AZCentral.com’s Paul Coro that the reason for some of Phoenix’s early struggles this year is “because there’s only one ball and we’re all point guards. That’s an easy answer.”