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Suns management fires back at Goran Dragic after trade request

General manager Ryan McDonough and team president Lon Babby responded harshly to Goran Dragic's actions after fulfilling his unexpected trade request.

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Goran Dragic put the Phoenix Suns in a bind when he requested a trade just before the deadline and said he didn't trust the front office anymore. The Suns honored his request by sending him to the Miami Heat, but both Suns general manager Ryan McDonough and team president Lon Babby criticized Dragic (and ostensibly fellow outgoing guard Isaiah Thomas) for his actions in a Friday press conference.

McDonough said the trade that sent Dragic to the Heat in exchange for expiring contracts and two first-round picks was the best move for the team both short-term and long-term. He added that it was done without consideration of Dragic's interests, even though Dragic had reportedly requested to go to one of Miami, New York or Los Angeles.

"I never saw a list ... maybe it was written in vanishing ink," McDonough said, via Fox Sports 910. "We were going to make the best move for us."

McDonough followed it up with a comment that could refer to Dragic, Thomas or both: "Sometimes players get a little selfish and worry more about I, My and Me than We, Ours and Us."

Babby also responded harshly to Dragic's criticisms of the front office.

A separate three-team move brought Brandon Knight to Phoenix to replace Dragic in the rotation. McDonough called him the best player "coming or going" for the Suns in the deal -- it's unclear if he meant just the three-team trade or deadline day as a whole -- and refused to refer to Dragic as the team's best player prior to the trades.

It's possible both were acting at their boss' behest. Suns owner Robert Sarver reportedly wasn't pleased with Dragic's last-minute trade request and tried to block any deals.

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Dragic offered an explanation for his actions on Twitter after being traded:

The Suns will see Dragic again when they play in Miami on March 2.