Report: Veteran guard Goran Dragic signing with Nets after buyout from Spurs
Veteran point guard Goran Dragic is joining the Brooklyn Nets, Shams Charania reported for The Athletic on Monday.
Just in: Goran Dragic is signing with the Brooklyn Nets, sources tell @TheAthletic @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) February 21, 2022
The 14-year NBA veteran was traded from the Toronto Raptors, for whom he played five games in total, to the San Antonio Spurs at the trade deadline this month. He agreed to a contract buyout with the Spurs, making him a free agent available to sign with a contender. The early list of interested teams reportedly included the Golden State Warriors, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Chicago Bulls and Milwaukee Bucks.
Signing with the Nets reunites the veteran with Steve Nash, named Brooklyn's head coach ahead of the 2020-21 season. They played together on the Phoenix Suns from the 2008-09 season to mid-2011 when Dragic was moved to the Houston Rockets. Dragic played behind Nash at point guard.
Dragic returned to Phoenix for slightly more than two seasons from 2012-15, but Nash had already left for the the Los Angeles Lakers and later retirement.
Nash reportedly met with Dragic on Friday, Marc Stein reported over the weekend.
Dragic, 35, was moved last summer from the Miami Heat, where he spent the better part of seven seasons, to the Raptors in a sign-and-trade deal. He left the Raptors for personal reasons in November.
He's averaged 13.9 points on 46% shooting and 4.8 assists per game over his career after the Spurs drafted him in the second round in 2008. He was named an All-Star in the 2017-18 season while with the Heat.
The Nets made the biggest splash of the trade deadline by sending James Harden to the Philadelphia 76ers for Ben Simmons and Seth Curry. Brooklyn (31-8) is sitting in the middle of the Eastern Conference standings during the All-Star break and returns to the court on Thursday. The Nets host the Boston Celtics (34-26).