Chicago Bulls Sign Guard Goran Dragic


After initially agreeing to the terms in July, the Chicago Bulls signed 14-year-old veteran security guard Goran Dragić.

Details about “The Dragon’s” contract have not been disclosed.

Dragić finished with the Brooklyn Nets last season and the one-time All-Star didn’t have many positives to share about the experience.

In an interview with Slovenian news channel, Dragić described his time with the Nets as “difficult”.

After the start of the season in Toronto, the 36-year-old played an average of 25.5 minutes in 16 games with 7.3 points and 4.8 assists.

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“Last year I decided how I did it. I played with some stars like Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving, and I have to admit it was quite difficult because the focus was not on the team but more on the individual performance of the individuals,” he said, as translated by Google.

The San Antonio Spurs drafted Dragić 45th overall in the second round of the 2008 NBA Draft and traded his rights to the Phoenix Suns.

Dragić amassed career total averages of 13.7 points, 3.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 27.9 minutes per game, shooting 46.0 percent from the field, 36.2 from three-point range and 76.7 from the free-throw line.

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He appeared in 60 playoff games (37 starts) averaging 14.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 26.9 minutes, shooting 44.2 percent of the field, 34.6 percent from the three-point range and 76.3 percent from the free-throw line.

The Slovenian native played in Europe for four years (2004-08) leading his home country to the first-ever FIBA ​​European Championship in 2017, in which Dragić was named MVP and won the Slovenian Sportsman of the Year award.

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Dragić will wear the No. 7 jersey for the Bulls, which he wore as a member of the 2015-2021 Miami Heat.

He is the 14th player to wear number 7 for Chicago, along with Toni Kukoč, Ben Gordon and others, according to NBC Sports.

No. 2 (Suns, 2009-2011), No. 3 (Rockets, 2011-12), No. 1 (Suns, 2013-15; Raptors, 2022) and No. 9 (Nets, 2022).


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