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As I wrote yesterday in this space, if the Suns aren’t positive that they’ll be able to re-sign Goran Dragic on a long-term deal this summer, it’s possible that they’ll look to trade him before the Feb. 19 deadline so that they could get something in return for him rather than losing him for nothing over the offseason.
While the Suns would love to keep Dragic, quotes like this have to worry Phoenix a little bit since he is making it clear that he’s going to explore his options and enter free agency with an open mind. Teams like the New York Knicks, L.A. Lakers and Houston Rockets among others would love to have Dragic.
If the Suns do decide to put Dragic on the market, there will be a ton of teams interested in the veteran point guard. Executives have reportedly already started calling the Suns in an attempt to pry Dragic away, and those calls will continue up until the deadline (especially if Phoenix is struggling and outside of the Western Conference playoff picture).
Phoenix is currently 15-14, which puts them in ninth place in the West. Dragic will opt out of the final year of his contract (worth $7.5 million) to become an unrestricted free agent in July.
This article seems to line up with reports that George Karl is the frontrunner to land the Kings’ head coaching job after this season and that Mark Jackson isn’t really in the mix.
Shortly after Jackson met with Chris Mullin, Pete D’Alessandro and DeMarcus Cousins recently, everyone involved downplayed the meeting and said it was just friends getting together to catch up.
Bruski raises an interesting point, saying that the meeting was also made public to give the Kings some more leverage in talks with Karl so that they wouldn’t have to pay him the $5 million per year he wants.
It seems like Karl is a perfect fit for how the Kings’ front office wants the team to play, even if he may be a bit more expensive than other coaches who are available.
In his 25 seasons as an NBA head coach, Karl had a 1131-756 record in the regular season and 80-105 record in the postseason. He made the playoffs in 22 of 25 seasons.
It doesn’t sound like Brad Stevens will be leaving the Celtics anytime soon. Even though Boston is rebuilding and Stevens could land any college job he wanted, he has made it clear that he’s committed to the Celtics and doesn’t have one foot out the door.
The 38-year-old head coach has done well in Boston, even if the team hasn’t won many games during his stint coaching. His players rave about him and he has earned the respect of elite coaches around the NBA, including Gregg Popovich.
“He was a hell of a coach before he got here and he’ll be an even better coach as time goes on,” Popovich told Flannery. “He’s a special guy, that’s why Danny Ainge went and got him.”
Last year, Stevens led the Celtics to a 25-57 record and right now, Boston sits at 10-15 (ninth place in the Eastern Conference). He is viewed as one of the best young coaches in the league and the decision to hire him was clearly about landing an excellent up-and-coming coach who could thrive in the future.
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