Free agent guard Goran Dragic signs with Brooklyn Nets

Goran Dragic is expected to join the Brooklyn Nets after negotiating a buyout deal with the San Antonio Spurs.

BROOKLYN- The Brooklyn Nets have signed free agent guard Goran Dragić. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not released. In a related transaction, Brooklyn requested waivers from custody Jevon Carter.

Dragić (6’3″, 190) played 872 career games (524 starts) in 14 seasons with Phoenix (2008-11, 2012-15), Houston (2011-12), Miami (2015-21) and Toronto ( 2021-22), averaging 13.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 27.9 minutes per game while shooting 46.2 percent from the field, 36, 4% from 3-point range and 76.7% from the free throw line.

Dragić has played five games this season with the Raptors, averaging 8.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 18.0 minutes per game. The 35-year-old Slovenia native was named an All-Star in the 2017-18 season with the Heat, and he earned All-NBA Third Team honors, as well as the Most Improved Player award of the NBA with the Suns in 2013. -14 campaign. Dragić also appeared in 56 playoff games (37 starts) in five postseason appearances, averaging 14.9 points on 44.2% shooting from the field, 34.6% shooting from long range and 76, 3% shooting from the free throw line, 3.3 rebounds. and 3.6 assists in 27.4 minutes per contest while helping lead the Heat to an NBA Finals appearance in 2020 and the Suns to the Western Conference Finals in 2010.

Dragić was originally selected with the 45th overall pick in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft by San Antonio, and his draft rights were traded to Phoenix. Before starting his NBA career, Dragić played professionally for four years (2004-08) in Europe. Dragić has also competed on the international stage, with his last appearance in 2017, when he led Slovenia to their first-ever FIBA ​​European Championship at EuroBasket 2017. Dragić was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and won the Slovenian Sportsman of the Year award.

Carter has seen action in 46 games (one start) for Brooklyn this season, averaging 3.6 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1.0 assists in 12.0 minutes per game. The 26-year-old was originally acquired by the Nets in a trade with the Suns on August 6, 2021.

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