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Report: Celtics Emerging as 'Contender' to Trade for Goran Dragic

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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:

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.


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