Goran Dragic has agreed to take his talents back to Phoenix where it all started for him. The deal was reportedly a four-year $34 million contract. It was easy to see that his heart was still in Phoenix, and the only way he would have stayed in Houston is if Morey gave him a wild contract Goran would simply not be able to turn down. That didn’t happen, and it’s looking more like a rebuilding year for the Rockets. Finally.
Dragic was easily the MVP of the Rockets last season. If not for him the Rockets would have been under .500 and not even close to fighting for a playoff spot. Thanks to his All-Star second half of the season after Lowry went down, the Rockets barely missed the playoffs, but made it very exciting. Last season Dragic had his best season of his career, he averaged 11.7 points on 46% shooting, 5.3 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.3 steals in 26.5 minutes a game. When Dragic became a starter he really started to show off his skill-set, which lead him to his new contract with the Suns. As a starter he averaged 18 points on 49% shooting, 8.4 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 36.5 minutes. Those are All-Star numbers.
For the Suns, the point guard spot is locked up for at least four years thanks to the signing of Goran. For the Rockets it leaves a glaring hole in the point guard position and the face of the franchise. The Rockets failed on multiple attempts to land stars, top draft picks and resigning key players who contributed to their success. It is completely obvious that they now have to rebuild, and with the signing of Omer Asik, drafting Jeremy Lamb, Royce White, Terrence Jones and Donatas Motiejunas on his way to Houston, the biggest need by far is at the quarterback position of the team, point guard. Jeremy Lin has visited Houston and with the addition of him it would fill the spot that Houston needs the most help with. But Lin is not a lock to be a Rocket. He’s still a restricted free agent and the New York Knicks have said they would match any offer given to him. If that’s true, where do the Rockets go? The only point guards they have on the team are Shaun Livingston and Courtney Fortson. Livingston is a good backup role playing point guard, but he’s not much more than that. The Rockets have a major hole that needs to be filled as soon as possible for them to have success.
Dragic was my favorite Rocket. It will be tough to see him go, but that’s how the NBA works. Players come and go every year. I wish Dragic nothing but the best in Phoenix. It’s nice to see a player follow his heart and not listen to everyone else.