Goran Dragic says news about his next team will be released in “few days”

2023-07-14T21:50:41+00:00 2023-07-14T22:24:01+00:00.

Antonis Stroggylakis

14/Jul/23 21:50


Goran Dragic still has the Miami Heat as preferable destination but there are also other teams in play for him.

By Eurohoops team/ info@eurohoops.net

Veteran NBA guard Goran Dragic revealed that his side is negotiating with “a few clubs” and that it won’t be long until it will be determined where he’ll continue his career.

“We are in talks with a few clubs, but much more will be known in a few days when the news will be released. You will see,” Dragic said in an interview with Sportal Slovenia.

Dragic also reiterated how he’d ideally like to go back to the Miami Heat. The 37-year-old Slovenian player had previously mentioned that he wants to retire with the Heat jersey.

“The main desire is to return to Miami. Now we wait, the happenings at the market are really varied,” Dragic said. “Now everyone is waiting for Damian Lillard to decide where he will go next, so everyone is off to a low start. When this is known, the move will also ease things for the other players, who may not be in the foreground as much.”

Dragic played for the Heat from 2014 to 2021. He earned his sole All-Star Game selection in 2018 as a Miami player and was one of the most important contributors of the team in the run to the Finals during the “Bubble” of 2020.

“My home is in Miami, I have both children there, they go to school there. It really all works out,” Dragic added. “I spent the best seven years of my career there and I think returning to Miami would be the icing on the cake. That would really be something phenomenal. But we’ll see. It is necessary to understand that the NBA is a business, that in the end only the results count. It’s really been a phenomenal season for Miami, they reached the finals, and now they’ve already changed half the team. That’s right, it’s a harsh reality that we basketball players in the NBA know well. Today you can be in Miami, tomorrow somewhere in Memphis, that’s just the way it is.”

Dragic also commented on former national team teammate Rasho Nesterovic’s decision to step down as Secretary-General of the Slovenian Basketball Federation.

“The fact is that Rasho’s departure is a great loss for the Basketball Federation of Slovenia,” Dragic said. “He was the kind of architect who put together the entire mosaic of national team success. He was responsible for the fact that the suspensions of basketball players stopped happening in the national team, all of a sudden everyone started participating in the national team events, and a really great chemistry was created. Also from a basketball point of view, he took care of really good moves, he was most responsible for Igor Kokoskov taking over the national team, he was the main person in the naturalization of Anthony Randolph and Mike Tobey. During this time, we became European champions, the boys qualified for the Olympic Games for the first time, and the national team took a really big step forward. Now we’ll see what and how it goes. A new face will come, everything will have to be upgraded. We’ll see how things unfold going forward.”