The Boston Celtics have emerged as an outside contender to land Phoenix Suns point guard Goran Dragic, according to ESPN's Marc Stein:
ESPN sources say Celtics emerging as contender on the outside for Goran Dragic in trade with Phoenix.
Celtics have the assets to jump into Dragic talks and, like Houston and Sacramento, also have the guts to trade for a free agent-to-be. Don't forget Celtics [president of basketball operations] Danny Ainge and Suns GM Ryan McDonough have strong working relationship and have already done a deal this season.
Teams that would gamble on Dragic deal now (Celtics/Rockets/Kings) are banking on idea fifth year would make big difference in free agency. Only team with Dragic on roster as of 3 p.m. Thursday can give five years in free agency ... which is why Phoenix could also take risk and keep him.
The Suns are trying to move Dragic by tomorrow's deadline after he told the team he wouldn't re-sign with them in the offseason.
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