Goran Dragic to the Raptors: Why It Could Happen

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IMay 15, 2012

Goran Dragic.
Goran Dragic.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

The Toronto Raptors reportedly have interest in adding a guard to their roster for next season through free agency. Specifically the Raptors have keen interest in veteran Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns and youngster Jeremy Lin of the New York Knicks.

However, the Raptors may not be the first option for both guards.

Nash is 38-years-old and could seek to join a contender in hopes of winning a possible NBA championship, while Lin is a restricted free agent and after proving to the basketball world that he can be a future NBA point guard, has a great backing in New York.

Jose Calderon will be entering the final year of his contract and could be a possible trade candidate. As an expiring contract there should be some interest as he will come of the salary cap for a team at the end of the 2012-13 NBA season.

Could there be another free agent point guard that the Raptors should consider signing?

One name to consider is Slovenian point guard Goran Dragic of the Houston Rockets who is an unrestricted free agent and showed that he is worthy of a long-term contract after his performance late in the season.

He is a decent three-point shooter and can use his speed to get by opponents and is improving on the defensive end at the age of 26, meaning that there is a lot of room for improvement.

The Houston Rockets would like to re-sign him but there could be many others and being an unrestricted free agent, the Rockets would not be able to match any offer Dragic receives.

That could put a team like the Raptors at an advantage on the open market.