Reportedly unable to swing a deal for Phoenix Suns' guard Goran Dragic, it appears that the Pacers have now shifted their focus to his well-rounded brother, Zoran Dragic.
On Friday, ESPN's Marc Stein reported that multiple NBA teams are monitoring the younger Dragic brother:
Also pleased to hear, since writing about ZORAN Dragic yesterday, that a few NBA teams are indeed tracking him. Hope for a two-Dragic NBA!— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) August 29, 2014
Sportando has shed some light on the identity of at least one of those interested squads:
Pacers are one of the teams that have interest in Zoran Dragic, sources told Sportando
Zoran Dragic, 25, went undrafted in the 2011 NBA draft. Over the last two seasons, he has been employed by Unicaja Malaga of the Spanish ACB. During the 2013-2014 season, he averaged 10.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists on 43% shooting.
A native Slovenian, Zoran, who is 6-foot-5, can be seen playing in tandem with his older brother in Group D (Lithuania, Australia, Mexico, Angola, Korea) at the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
With Goran widely considered as the team's primary scorer, the younger Dragic led Slovenia with 16 points in their final exhibition contest against the United States. Defeating Australia in pool-play on Saturday, Zoran added 10 points, 1 rebound, and a steal to his team's effort.
The remainder of Slovenia's schedule in Group D is as follows:
Sunday Aug. 31: Slovenia vs. Mexico
Tuesday Sept. 2: Korea vs. Slovenia
Wednesday Sept. 3: Slovenia vs. Angola
Thursday Sept. 4: Lithuania vs. Slovenia
Sportando reports that Zoran recently inked a two-year extension with his club in Spain and has an $800,000 buyout.