Posted by Ben Golliver.
Goran Dragic is taking his magical act back overseas during the NBA lockout.
Marca.com reports that the Slovenian point guard best known for an improbable explosion during a 2010 playoff game against the San Antonio Spurs has signed with Caja Laboral of the Spanish ACB league. The contract reportedly includes an NBA opt-out clause.
Dragic, who was traded by the Phoenix Suns to the Houston Rockets for Aaron Brooks back in February, will help fill in after Golden State Warriors wing Reggie Williams suffered a sprained right knee that is expected to keep him out of action for multiple weeks. He will join Washington Wizards forward Kevin Seraphin and free agent forward Joey Dorsey (who played for the Toronto Raptors last year) on Caja Laboral's roster.
Dragic, 25, averaged 7.5 points and 2.9 assists per game for the Suns and Rockets last season. He was set to make $2.1 million in 2011-2012 during the final year of his current contract.
Prior to his entry into the 2008 NBA Draft, Dragic played for multiple teams in Slovenia, including Olimpija Ljubljana, who competed in Euroleague.
With ties to Europe, no major injury concerns and no future guaranteed money at stake, there's little risk in this decision. Should the NBA get its act together and save a portion of the season, Dragic pencils in as Kyle Lowry's back-up. Jonny Flynn, acquired in a 2011 Draft day trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves, will also compete for minutes on a rebuilding Rockets team under new coach Kevin McHale.