Goran Dragic is on the trade block, and it appears the Celtics are one of the teams entering the bidding for the prized point guard ahead of Thursday's trade deadline.
Here's the very latest from ESPN's Marc Stein:
ESPN sources say Celtics emerging as contender on the outside for Goran Dragic in trade with Phoenix— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 18, 2015
Celtics have the assets to jump into Dragic talks and, like Houston and Sacramento, also have the guts to trade for a free agent-to-be— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 18, 2015
Don't forget Celtics prez Danny Ainge and Suns GM Ryan McDonough have strong working relationship and have already done a deal this season— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) February 18, 2015
Sam Amick of USA Today was first to report Tuesday night that Dragic had informed Phoenix he would not be re-signing with the team this summer when he hit free agency, and wished to be traded.
As of right now, Dragic's representatives have apparently listed the Miami Heat, Los Angeles Lakers, New York Knicks, and Indiana Pacers as potential appealing trade destinations for the unhappy point guard, according to Yahoo! Sports. There were four more unnamed teams on Dragic's list, but it remained unclear if the Celtics were among them, before Stein's latest report. It's safe to assume if Boston's front office make a big offer for the 28-year-old, they would be confident they could keep Dragic long-term.
Boston also has more trade assets than any of those other teams listed, as a collection of future first-round picks and useful veterans on expiring contracts could be enough to entice Suns GM Ryan McDonough to pull the trigger on a move.
I covered the potential Dragic fit in Boston in greater depth here, but as the Celtics try to transition out of rebuilding mode, cashing in their chips on a player like Dragic could be their first big move on their path back to relevancy.