Chicago Bulls release All-Star, veteran guard Goran Dragić
The The Chicago Bulls are moving on without guard Goran Dragić. The team announced Tuesday, a day before the playoff eligibility deadline, that they are releasing the 15-year NBA veteran.
“Thank you & good luck, @Goran_Dragic!” the Bulls said in a Twitter post.
Dragić, All-Star in 2018, repost the tweet with his own grateful message.
“Thank you @chicagobulls all the best,” he said with a high-five and red heart emoji.
The 36-year-old Slovenian only averaged 6.4 points per game with 2.7 assists and 1.4 total rebounds in 51 games this season. Dragić has not played since February 13.
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He joined the Bulls last offseason after spending the season before splitting between the Toronto Raptors and Brooklyn Nets. Before that, he spent seven seasons with the Miami Heat, where he was an All-Star in the 2017-2018 season.
Dragić was named the league’s MVP for the 2013–14 season while a member of the Phoenix Suns, where he began his NBA career in 2008. He also played briefly for the Houston Rockets.
Dragić’s release makes room on the roster and with the salary cap for the Bulls, who recently acquired free agent guard Patrick Beverley. Guard Lonzo Ball is out for the season with a knee injury.
The Bulls are currently 11th in the Eastern Conference, just outside the playoff picture.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Chicago Bulls release Goran Dragic before playoff eligibility deadline