Toronto Raptors defender Goran Dragić leaves the team.
“Goran, with our full support, takes some time from the team to settle the personal matter. During his time at Raptors, he was a complete professional – Goran was an excellent mentor to our younger players and a valued teammate for our veterans, “said Raptors CEO Bobby Webster in a statement.
It is not clear what exactly a personal matter is.
Dragic has played just five of 20 games for the Raptors this season since coming as part of Kyle Lowry this summer.
Sportsnet’s Michael Grange reports that Dragic will “probably stay” in his native Slovenia.
In addition to Bobby Webster’s Raptors GM commentary on Goran Dragic, as far as I understand, this is a long-term game. Nothing is locked, but Dragić will probably stay in Slovenia, where he will deal with family matters and training until the deadline for trading and / our redemption market warms up: pic.twitter.com/bCaxxh0v6X
– Michael Grange (@michaelgrange) November 28, 2021
Dragic currently has a maximum of $ 18,000,000 expiring after this season, and his high price has hampered his ability for the Raptors to buy him across the league as part of possible exchanges. For now, everyone seems to be playing a waiting game, buying Dragic’s contract is still on the table.
“He will continue to train and stay in shape during his absence,” Webster added. “There is no set time frame for this process and we will advise updates if necessary. Goran has the support of Masai, Nick and the whole organization, and we wish him only the best. “
Dragic, 35, is a former All-Star and a 13-season NBA veteran. But in the young Raptors, it was hard to get opportunities to play under Raptors head coach Nick Nurs.
“He’s a really good guy, extremely professional,” Nurse added at her pre-match press conference. “He’s very, very wise. With all his international experience and all these years in the NBA, he’s been a nice and pleasant guy who’s been around and trained.”
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