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Report: Goran Dragic likely leaving Houston
Point guard Goran Dragic, whose free agent stock skyrocketed after a mad dash to the end of the regular season, is unlikely to return the Houston Rockets, according to a report.
ESPN's Marc Stein writes that the Rockets are "pessimistic about their chances of re-signing" Dragic, and the two sides are "far apart in negotiations."
Stein also reports that Dragic is looking to sign a deal worth $10 million per year.
Dragic came off the bench for much of the first half of the season for Houston, backing up point guard Kyle Lowry. When Lowry went down with an injury, Houston inserted Dragic into the starting lineup; the 26-year-old responded, averaging 16.3 points and 7.3 assists in 32 games after the All-Star break. He shot 47.4 percent from the field and 36.5 percent from three over the span.
Dragic, who had started 14 games prior to the 2011-12 season -- he served as Steve Nash's backup for 2 1/2 seasons in Phoenix before being acquired by Houston during the 2010-11 season -- scored at least 20 points 13 times for Houston, and played at least 40 minutes six times.
According to Sam Amick of SportsIllustrated.com, the Raptors, Suns, Nets, Hornets and Lakers are among the teams outside of Houston interested in Dragic.