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NBA Betting Futures – Hard Feelings in Phoenix as Suns Unload Dragic

  • Updated: February 23, 2015
  • NBA Betting Futures   Hard Feelings in Phoenix as Suns Unload Dragic

    By Charles Jay

    One might look at the trades made by the Phoenix Suns before the deadline and ask why their dynamic three-man backcourt was broken up. But when BetAnySports customers consider the animosity that existed between the front office and guard Goran Dragic, they might be wondering why they waited so long.

    As the story goes, Dragic was very unhappy about what his role with the team had become, and through his agent, requested a trade rather close to the deadline. The front office became pissed off about the fact that they did not have enough time to really out together a deal that brought them a sufficient return. Dragic wound up going to the Miami Heat, in a three-way trade that brought Danny Granger and John Salmons to the Suns.

    NBA Betting Futures   Hard Feelings in Phoenix as Suns Unload Dragic

    There were deals to make, and the highlights are that Isaiah Thomas, who was also part of that three-man guard combo in Phoenix, was sent to the Boston Celtics. The Suns got guards back in return. Brandon Knight, who was leading a resurgence under Jason Kidd in Milwaukee, and who was prominently mentioned as one of the principal All-Star “snubs,” will be in a Phoenix uniform, as will Marcus Thornton, a second-unit player who has the potential to light up the scoreboard from time to time (once averaging 21.3 ppg for Sacramento). He was most recently with Boston.

    These deals come at a rather difficult time for the Suns (priced at +7500 to win the Western Conference at BetAnySports), who are locked in a battle with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West. Now they are going to have to go through a period of “getting to know you” with the new backcourt structure, and even though Oklahoma City made some deals as well, at least they did not tinker with the starting lineup.

    Lon Babby, who is the team’s President of Basketball Operations, said that if Dragic was upset (or, as he put it, if his “feathers were ruffled”) about the team bringing in Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas to share the ball with him, then “so be it.”

    The implication that came from general manager Ryan McDonough was that “sometimes players get a little selfish, and they worry a little more about ‘I, me and my’ rather than ‘us, our and we’.”

    So you get a pretty good picture about what they ultimately thought about Dragic, regarded by many BetAnySports patrons as the Suns’ best player. Last year when Eric Bledsoe was injured, Dragic took the ball and ran with it, and was hailed as someone who was very worthy of All-Star status. In fact, at the end of the season he was named to the All-NBA third team.

    Some questioned the addition of Thomas this year as something that would indeed change what Dragic was doing in relation to the offense. He wanted the ball in his hands, and that wasn’t going to happen to as much of an extent. That didn’t sit too well with the free agent-to-be.

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    NBA Betting Futures   Hard Feelings in Phoenix as Suns Unload Dragic
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