BARCELONA, Spain -- American viewers will be getting another up-close look at the Goran & Zoran Show in Tuesday's quarterfinals of the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup.
Even better news: It might not be the last time we see them together this year.
The identity of the other two suitors hasn't been fully confirmed, but this much is clear: Zoran's new contract in Spain with Unicaja Malaga, sources say, does still allow for an escape to the NBA this season as long as A) the 25-year-old makes the move before the start of the new league season in Spain and B) he pays a higher-buyout fee than specified later in the contract. If Zoran Dragic ends up playing out the coming season with Malaga and thus delays his jump to the NBA until the summer of 2015, his buyout then would be 750,000 Euros (about $971,000).
And signing Zoran after this World Cup, sources say, is indeed an option Phoenix is pursuing, which would be a move that offers potential short- and long-term benefits for the Suns in their fight to hold onto Goran Dragic with unrestricted free agency looming for The Dragon in July 2015.
European media reports have pegged the Indiana Pacers as another suitor for Zoran Dragic. The Suns, meanwhile, still have roster room for a new addition and, as covered in this cyberspace earlier this week, face the prospect in July of both Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe becoming unrestricted free agents.
So it surely couldn't hurt, in the quest to hang on to the point guard who earned All-NBA Third Team honors last season, to try to sign his little bro first.
Projected to play shooting guard in the NBA with a shot that's still developing but with toughness and a motor that are unmistakably Dragic-y, Zoran has solidified his status as an NBA prospect with his play in this tournament, helping Slovenia make a real run at winning Group D before pumping in a team-high 18 points Saturday in the win over the Dominican Republic to set up Tuesday's rematch with Team USA at 3 p.m. ET on ESPN.
On Aug. 26 in Gran Canaria, in Team USA's first game on Spanish soil, Zoran Dragic scored a team-best 16 points in the Slovenians' 101-71 defeat.
"He was awesome," Goran Dragic told ESPN.com that night. "He was our best player on the court. It means a lot to play with him. We don't see each other so often. OK, on Skype, but it's not the same. Now it's a perfect situation for us to play together with the national team.
"We can share the court and maybe do some damage [with the national team]. And hopefully someday we can play each other in the NBA."
Or maybe even play together at the highest level.