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Why trading Dragic is secretly a horrible idea




The idea that the Suns are open to trades is hardly new information. Every major media pub on the upcoming Suns season is sure to mention three things:

1. The Suns waited too long to rebuild/trade Nash, and this is why they suck! (Really? I remember a 2011/2012 trade involving Nash was him going to Indiana for Darren Collinson and their #1. So, a PG who wouldn't get off the bench this year, and half the #1's we actually ended up getting for Nash? Narrative is a bitch).

2. The Suns are tanking! (Well. . . yeah. Yes. This is happening)

3. The Suns are looking to trade . . . maybe even Dragic!

Wait . . . . whaaatt?

Bad idea. Just bad. This is a guy, who after finishing 2012 by putting up 19-8-2(steals), only got 34 million over 4 years. This is a guy, who was 6th in assists in the NBA, despite only having two teammates at above replacement level value . . . . and wasn't in the top 80 players in the NBA in any publication.
It is outrageously clear that the guy is underrated. Bill Simmons wants to trade him to the Thunder for (drumroll please) . . . Kendrick Perkins and Jeremy Lamb. But not the first round pick, that's too much.

Barring a complete and total reversal, no team is going to give us value for Dragic. And that's fine. Because in honesty, he's perfect for the Suns.

He has a history with the franchise. He's played on winning playoff teams. He's an above average player, at an extremely important position. He's underpaid for what he does, and he's still relatively young. Most of all . . . he wants to be here. Which is increasingly rare situation, sadly. If Dragic never gets better, and puts up 16-6 for the rest of his life - the Suns have a fine player.

Here's to the Dragon staying here for a long, long time

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