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Suns reportedly to sign second-round pick Dragic from Spain

8/19/2008 - NBA Phoenix Suns

Having lost guard Gordan Giricek to Europe, the Phoenix Suns are going overseas to find a backcourt replacement.

According to the Arizona Republic, Goran Dragic will take a physical in Phoenix on Tuesday in anticipation of signing with the team.

The Suns anticipate using the 22-year-old Slovenian as Steve Nash's backup.

"It's always refreshing to hear guys who are appreciative to play on this stage," said Bill Duffy, president of the BDA Sports agency which represents Dragic. "It's not a sense of entitlement with him. He's humble, confident and hard-working."

The newspaper reported that Dragic has agreed to buy out his contract with Tau Ceramica of the Spanish League and must pay nearly three-fourths of his rookie salary to do so. Duffy said that the Suns will pay $500,000 toward the buyout, with Dragic picking up the remaining $1 million. Contractual details may actually prevent the Suns from officially signing the 6-foot-4 point guard until September.

Duffy told the Republic that Dragic will receive a four-year deal that approaches the salary of a mid-level first-round pick in this year's draft. The San Antonio Spurs selected Dragic in the second round (45th overall) and traded his rights to the Suns.