Sources: Pacers dream of Dragic deal

July, 3, 2014
Jul 3
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The Indiana Pacers' desire to upgrade at point guard is no surprise.

Their top target, though, is a bit of a headline-grabber.

Sources close to the situation told ESPN.com this week that the Pacers are trying to engage the Phoenix Suns in trade talks for star guard Goran Dragic, hoping that the expected cost of re-signing restricted free agent Eric Bledsoe makes keeping Dragic too pricey.

To this point, sources say, Indiana has been unable to find any common ground with Phoenix in Dragic trade talks, with the Suns predictably said to be asking for a lot to part with the player who should have been a Western Conference All-Star last season and did snare a third-team All-NBA slot. Dragic led a Suns team projected for a win total in the 20s to a 48-34 mark and a fairy-tale run at a playoff spot in the ultracompetitive West.

But it's something to keep an eye on. Dragic is headed for free agency in the summer of 2015, and Indy is sure to make a play for him if it can't get to him sooner.

Marc Stein | email

Senior Writer, ESPN.com
• Senior NBA writer for ESPN.com
• Began covering the NBA in 1993-94
• Also covered soccer, tennis and the Olympics

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