Phil Jackson Wanted Goran Dragic at the Trading Deadline

Coming into the 2014-2015 season, Goran Dragic was a member of the Phoenix Suns, expected to have another great year alongside Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas. Dragic grew unhappy in Phoenix right around the trade deadline, forcing the Suns to trade him with the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, and the Los Angeles Lakers. The Suns ultimately traded Dragic to the Heat, but Phil Jackson and the Knicks wanted him.

In conversations with Charlie Rosen of ESPN, Jackson revealed he was eyeing Dragic at the deadline.

“Goran Dragic, for one. I heard through the grapevine that he was open to coming here. We worked hard on that possibility, but the asking price was too dear. Maybe we worked on that possibility so much so that it distracted us. I mean, Dragic is every team’s current choice for a nuclear option — a guard who can penetrate and either score or kick. Guys like Chris Pauland James Harden. But, anyway, that’s not really the way I want us to play.”

As long as the Knicks made Dragic feel like he belongs there, I’m confident he would’ve re-signed with them just like he did with the Heat. You can’t always get what you want, though.

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