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Raptors’ Dragic retracts comments about landing in Toronto

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MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 3: Goran Dragic #7 of the Miami Heat plays against the Washington Wizards during the third quarter at American Airlines Arena on February 3, 2021 in Miami, Florida.  Note to User: By downloading or using this image, User expressly acknowledges and agrees that User agrees to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Michael Reeves/Getty Images)

Goran Dragic has apologized for saying he would not prefer playing in Toronto. (Photo by Michael Reeves/Getty Images)

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Newly acquired guard Goran Dragic has apologized for comments he made about landing with the Toronto Raptors as part of the deal that sent Kyle Lowry to Miami.

Monday afternoon, Dragic To discuss his tenure with the Raptors he said, “Toronto is not my favorite destination. I have higher ambitions. We’ll see.”

Hours later, Dragic spoke with and lamented how his message had initially turned out.

“My message, basically, to all the Toronto fans, is: I would like to apologize. It didn’t come out the right way. I know they love their team, and they should be elated, it’s one of the best organizations in the NBA. They’ve already won a championship and I haven’t,” said Dragic. , so what I said was really inappropriate.” “I love basketball, I love playing and I will donate 100 per cent wherever I play. Okay. now I’m [with] Toronto and that’s the main thing to think about.”

The 35-year-old Slovenian was brought with big man Precious Achiwa in a car that sent Toronto icon Kyle Lowry to the Miami Heat. It was reported that the Raptors were looking for a third party to trade Dragić, however.

GM Raptors Bobby Webster spoke about Dragic’s comments while appearing on Sportsnet 590 The Fan on Monday afternoon.

Fans of birds of prey were not forgiving.

But there were those who defended his statements.

Dragic in He is still looking forward to his first NBA championship. With the Raptors in the midst of a rebuilding, this isn’t the ideal situation for a player who might only have a few pleasing years left to contend for the title.

Dragić has been an excellent contributor to the teams he was a part of for 14 years, especially during his seven-year career with the Heat, where he helped lead them to the NBA Finals in 2020 prior losing in a 4.-2 series loss against Los Angeles. Lakers.

Whether Dragić is with Toronto at the start of the 2021-2022 campaign or is dealt elsewhere by the trade deadline, he can still provide some much-needed veteran presence and contribute either off the bench or in the starting lineup.

During the 2020-2021 season, Dragić averaged 13.4 points and 4.4 assists per game while shooting 43.2% from the field and 37.3% from outside the arc.

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