NBA Free Agency Rumors: Goran Dragic, Rockets Still Apart On Contract Negotiations

Many assumed that the Houston Rockets would easily re-sign point guard Goran Dragic, but it appears negotiations have not gone as planned so far. Dragic is seeking a contract that would pay him in excess of $10 million a season, and the Rockets are unwilling to meet that price at this time, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

The Rockets met with Dragic on Monday in Houston and were hopeful of reaching terms quickly with the Slovenian, who averaged 16.3 points and 7.3 assists in 32 games after the All-Star break following an injury to Kyle Lowry.

But Dragic left town without a deal, sources said, leading one source close to the process to say that the lefty's expected return to the Rockets is "not going to happen."

Dragic emerged as a starter after taking over for the sick Kyle Lowry, averaging 18 points and 8.4 assists in 28 starts last season. But Lowry is still under contract, and the Rockets may not want to sink so much money into two point guards.

If Dragic cannot agree to terms with the Rockets, he could very well return to the Phoenix Suns, who traded for him on draft day in 2008. The Suns, meeting with the point guard later in the week, appear ready to move on from Steve Nash and have plenty of cap space to potentially meet Dragic's asking price.

For more on the Rockets, please visit The Dream Shake and SB Nation Houston.

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