The Heat won on the road last night in San Antonio to tie up the Finals at a game apiece. The series resumes on Tuesday evening in Miami. Not a whole lot of Wolves-related news over the weekend, other than a Marc J. Spears report that the Phoenix Suns are willing to dangle Goran Dragic and Eric Bledsoe in any Kevin Love deal.
The tweet by Spears didn’t really give us much that we didn’t already know. After all, Bledsoe is likely to be given a max contract that he doesn’t deserve, so he simply should not be the centerpiece of a trade for one of the six best players in the NBA.
Dragic, on the other hand, is an intriguing idea. He was a legitimate top-flight point guard last season, and ultimately was named to the All-NBA Third Team. He shot 40.8% from three-point range while launching four attempts per game. At 6′ 4″, he’d provide an interesting back court duo with the 6′ 4″ Ricky Rubio. While perimeter defense could be a bit tricky, sticking Rubio on opposing shooting guards at times would be the solution. After all, a Rubio-Dragic tandem would absolutely be preferable to Rubio-Martin, especially defensively, due to Dragic simply being an average defender and Martin being downright pitiful.
The major drawback to any trade involving Dragic is his contract situation. He’ll be paid $7.5 million next season, which is perfectly reasonable. The sticking point will be his Early Termination Option after the 2014-15 season (just like Love’s) that would allow him to become a free agent and likely land a max or near-max deal of his own.
Dragic is easily the best all-around player that has been mentioned in a semi-legitimate trade rumor since the Love rumors started flying. For this reason alone, the Wolves need to think long and hard about swinging a deal with the Suns. Something like Love for Dragic, Markieff Morris, Gerald Green, and the #14 pick in the draft should be close to as good as Minnesota could realistically get based on current rumors. (Not saying that a Taj Gibson, Jimmy Butler, rights to Mirotic trade from the Bulls wouldn’t still be better….)
All that to say, the Phoenix possibility is at least intriguing. Count me in as someone that would be excited to watch a Rubio-Dragic back court in action.