Once upon a time the Houston Rockets let Slovenian veteran Goran Dragic walk free.
He then blew up in Phoenix and now Houston kind of want him back.
ROCKETS, LAKERS WANT DRAGIC
Three seasons ago, Goran Dragic was allowed to leave Houston and go to Phoenix. Now the Rockets want to lure the Slovenian back, with the Los Angeles Lakers also interested.
Sources said that the Rockets, who let Dragic go in free agency in the summer of 2012 but have him high on their list of free-agent targets this coming summer, are prominent among the teams hoping to engage the Suns in serious discussions about Dragic before the league’s annual trade buzzer next week.
The Los Angeles Lakers, who have also coveted Dragic for some time, are likewise presumed to be intent on testing the Suns’ resolve when it comes to their Slovenian point guard, since sources say L.A. plans to chase Dragic with an expected max four-year contract offer this summer valued at an estimated $80 million.
The Suns’ general stance in recent weeks and months has been to rebuff all trade interest in Dragic, who is widely regarded as their best player and the closest thing they have to a face of the franchise. But sources say Phoenix has likewise been trying all season to ascertain its chances of re-signing Dragic in July and might feel some pressure to consider trade options in the coming week if fears grow that it could lose Dragic without compensation in free agency.
LEBRON VS D-ROSE, AN ALL-STAR DUEL BEFORE ASG
In the final game before the All-Star break, Chicago Bulls took down the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-98. In an All-Star battle in itself, Derrick Rose hit 30 points for the Bulls and in defeat, LeBron James led all scorers for the Cavs with 31.
D-Rose drains 30 points:
LeBron with 31 in vain
CURRY, FOXX APEAR IN UNDER ARMOUR AD
Golden State Warriors All-Star leading vote-getter guard Stephen Curry co-stars along Jamie Foxx in the latest commercial from Under Armour.
Curry and Foxx appeared on a promotional panel Thursday night in NYC for the lights-out shooter’s signature kicks.