BROOKLYN (February 22, 2022) – Brooklyn Nets signed free defender Goran Dragić. According to the team’s policy, the terms of the contract were not published. In a related transaction, Brooklyn demanded the release of guard Jevon Carter.
Dragić (6’3 ”, 190) has played in 872 career games (524 starts) in 14 seasons with Phoenix (2008-11, 2012-15), Houston (2011-12), Miami (2015-21) and Toronto 2021-22) averaged 13.9 points, 3.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 27.9 minutes per game, while shooting 46.2 percent off the field, 36.4 percent from the range by 3 points and 76.7 percent from the free throw line. Dragic has played five games for the Raptors this season, averaging 8.0 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists in 18.0 minutes per game. The 35-year-old Slovenian was declared an All-Star in the 2017-18 season with Heat, and he also secured the recognition of the third team in the NBA league and the award for the best player in the NBA league with the Suns in 2013. -14 campaign. In five post-season appearances, Dragić also scored 56 playoff games (37 starts), averaging 14.9 points on a 44.2% long-range shot, a 34.6% long-distance shot and 76.3%. -percent shooting from the free throw line, 3.3 rebounds. and 3.6 assists in 27.4 minutes per game, while Heat helped lead the 2020 NBA Finals and the Suns to the Western Conference Finals in 2010. Dragic was originally selected with his 45th overall pick in the second round of the NBA Draft. 2008 by San Antonio, and his recruitment rights were sold to Phoenix. Before starting his career in the NBA, Dragić played professionally in Europe for four years (2004-08). Dragić also performed on the international stage, and his last performance came in 2017, when he led Slovenia to the first FIBA European Championship at EuroBasket 2017. Dragić was named the most valuable player of the tournament and earned the Athlete of the Year of Slovenia award.
Carter has averaged 46 games (one start) with Brooklyn this season, averaging 3.6 points, 1.5 rebounds and 1 assist in 12.0 minutes per game. The 26-year-old was originally bought by the Nets in exchange with the Suns on August 6, 2021.