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Suns GM On Dragic, Chemistry, Point Guards

The departure of Goran Dragic from the Suns became contentious, with Dragic saying the day before the trade deadline that he didn’t trust the team’s front office, prompting executives Ryan McDonough and Lon Babby to fire back the day after trading him to the Heat. Isaiah Thomas, another of Phoenix’s starting-caliber point guards shipped out on deadline day, also takes issue with a recent McDonough remark. The Suns GM shared more of his side of the story Monday with Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe, whose piece provides a fascinating look at the dynamics at play with one of the most active teams at the deadline. Washburn’s entire interview with McDonough is worth a read, but we’ll share a few highlights:

On Dragic:

“I think the one thing that we took issue with more than anything else was one of our former players saying we lied to him. We didn’t lie to him. Maybe he forgets those comments. Maybe he doesn’t, you’d have to ask him but I feel like we’ve conducted ourselves with honesty, integrity. I feel like this is a place players like to come and want to do well. That was the thing that set us off and led to the comments that may have seemed a bit harsh.”

On the way the team meshed (or didn’t mesh):

“Heading into the All-Star break, we didn’t love the vibe around our team. I feel like there was a little more selfishness than there was last year. I think there’s some guys probably more concerned about their stats or individual contract status than team success. That’s one thing we’re trying to do here. We’re trying to build a culture, trying to find the core guys, the key guys to build around. I feel like we’re getting closer.’’

On the team’s experiment with Dragic, Thomas and Eric Bledsoe all together:

“Sometimes the players look at it and the agents look at it and say, ‘What’s best for my client?’ As a player, ‘What benefits me the most?’ That was a bit disappointing. [The three-guard offense] certainly didn’t succeed. It certainly didn’t fail but we’re fine with that.”

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One thought on “Suns GM On Dragic, Chemistry, Point Guards

  1. Victor Gonzales

    you dont lock up 3 starting point guards thats just stupid .. i know they had a similar system a few years ago .. when they had jason kidd and kevin johnson and rex chapman .. but chapman was a shoter and kj was as well …thomas bledsoe and goran are all playmakers… it was dumb and they should blame themselves. and yeah if i was goran i would be pissed too he turned down the rockets offer which was the same offer has phx because they told him he was the next nash … instead they slide him to shooting guard…

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