Source: Suns Closer Than Ever To Making Nash Available
Feb 13, 2012 1:20 PM EST
Steve Nash will be a free agent this summer, increasing the odds that the Suns could trade him before the deadline.
One executive whose team has had serious interest in Nash in the past told SI.com that the Suns are "as close as they've ever been" to realizing that they need to strongly consider a trade.
"I have no idea what the club will eventually do if a bunch of offers are thrown in their face," Nash said, "but I feel like I'm not nervous about [the trade deadline] and I'm not thinking about -- what's the word? -- I'm not anticipating anything to happen. I feel like I made a commitment and I feel like I owe it to my teammates -- the city, the fans, the club -- to play it out and to play as hard as I can."
"Our position has been the same all along, which is I've told him that he has earned the right to stay with our franchise as long as he wants provided that he believes in what we're doing, and provided that he's all in and wants to do that," Lon Babby told SI.com.
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The Phoenix Suns are making Steve Nash more available as they ever were. Where do you see Steve going? Where can the Suns trade him where they can receive young players? Or where should the Suns trade him so Nash has a chance to win his first championship? Or maybe both.
Let me know what y'all think!
I personally want to see him end his career with a ring. I think he should take his talents to South Beach.
New York seemed like a perfect fit, until about five games ago.
i think the suns should start a rebuilding process. get young pieces for nash
Atlanta should go after him..Atlanta has been stuck in neutral the past 4 years and once again look like they'll be a early playoff exit..They really need a shake up to the roster...And Nash will bring some excitement to the team..Maybe offer Marvin Williams & Teague in a package for Nash and Lopez...I know some might say why send a young point guard like Teague? Teague still havent turned into the player they thought he would become...And the Suns will be excited to get him...
The Lakers are another choice,but they still sem to be interested in Howard and might hold on to the trade exception and draft picks to get him..
The Pacers have some nice young pieces to get him..And might be the surprise place where he ends up..
Miami might go after him,but they really need a post scorer and an enforcer inside..
If I'm the Hawks and the Suns ask for Teague then I'm going to insist on Lopez and probably Grant Hill too. No way I'm trading Marvin and Jeff for a 40 game rental on Nash.
Those that want him to "win a ring" probably won't like the Pacers idea, but I think the Pacers could really use him.
Collison isn't getting it done. The Pacers need a true point guard to take us to the next level. The Pacers could compete with Chicago if they got Nash.
The Pacers could compete with Chicago if they got Nash.
The ball movement and leadership of the team may improve, but the possibility that they can compete with Chacgo if the trade was to go down is quite unlikely IMO. Can Steve Nash keep up with Derrick Rose? Perhaps they'll use Paul Georger to guard Rose like he successfully did last Playoffs, but I'm not to fond of him going to Indiana.
Do you think it would be hard for the Pacers' to make that trade? I'm looking at their salaries and the only players above 5 million is Danny Granger and James Posey. David West is making 10 million but I don't think you can trade him. What kind of trade do you think the Pacers can pull off in order to make this trade happen?
James Posey and either Hansbrough or George Hill. The Pacers shouldn't trade any of their starting 5 to get Nash unless they are also getting a player like Gortat also.
There's no individual defender to defend Derrick Rose. Not even LeBron James is doing it by himself. It'll take a team to defend him. I think Paul George does a great job.
To each is own, but I definitely think the Pacers could compete with Chicago if they acquire Nash, who's still playing at an elite level. They competed with Chicago last season and the Pacers are a much better team this season. Adding Nash, who's a big upgrade over Collison, would make the Pacers even better.
I'll have to look at the salaries and see if the Pacers can put anything together.
Definitely the Knicks would've been a good fit but now with Lin thats not happening.
The Lakers need a PG and have a trade exception and some young players that aren't awful.
Still I don't see a trade happening between the 2 teams unless Nash wants to play in L.A.
Also the Lakers don't really have any high picks.
The key to defending Rose won't be his perimeter defender. It will be having an inside force (Hibbert) who can stay disciplined in covering his man, but at the same time limiting Roses' penetration to the basket. Let Rose get his from outside. Yes, he will go off from the on occassion. But it is when he is having success at getting to the rim that makes his team better and gives him added confidence and stroke from deep.
The Pacers could make the trade with some of their minor pieces for Nash, but it would probably take George Hill and Hansbrough to do it and I am not sure how that makes sense for the Suns or Pacers. The Pacers are under the cap so they do not have to match salaries.
If Indiana can get Nash and without giving up Granger,West,Hibbert or Paul George..That would rank them above Chicago and behind Miami in the East....Becuz the Bulls dont have another playmaker besides Rose...The only problem i see in them getting Nash would be Hibbert keeping up,when they run...
the Mavericks and help the defending chmapions win one more.
I think the only way this trade works out is if the Suns are getting Darren Collison and the Pacers are also getting Gortat.
I dont really think that the suns are trading Steve Nash it would surprise me. If u look realisticly at trade scenarios. The teams that want Nash aka contending teams dosent have the assets or high picks the suns likely would be looking for. And a team with a high draft pick would not want to rent nash for half a season too se him walk in free agency. And really the suns would not trade nash to a team he dont want to go to after everything they have been through together. If we go down the list of teams which are "contending" a couple of teams looks like viable options for nash.
The list of teams with assets which might want Nash is in my opinion this:
Portland, Orlando, Atlanta, Mavericks, Utah. If we look at potential trades i would think sarver isent likely too add long term salary so it must be a combination off: talent on low salaries + pick(s) + expiring.
Portland could really need Nash felton is just dont cutting it as a starting pg. They could do a package of Batum, Matthews for Nash, but i dont think the blazers are willing to give up that. But maybe a package of batum and felton could interest the suns? Since Batum could command top dollar in restricted free agency. I think some scenario including the Blazers is one of the most likely trades.
Orlando as we all know is all in this season and a deal for nash with Reddick, Anderson, and some minimum salary player for salaries to match is a viable option. But would the Magic really shell out anderson for a rental of nash? Not likely in my mind, and the magic dont have any other assets.
Atlanta, could offer Heinrich and Teague for Nash, but thats really not an option for suns and i dont see any other viable options for the Hawks, but this could might entice the suns with a three team deal. If someone is willing to send something back for Heinrich which is highly unlikely in my mind.
Mavericks could offer something like this kidd, mahimi, beaubois + pick, cash for nash. And i think thats not likely but still a viable option.
Utah could send a nice package back to the suns but do really Utah want Nash? They could put together an abundance off nice packages for Nash, but would he be willing to stay there beyond this season? Its hard to know since we dont know what nash thinks, is he a guy who wants to chase a championship at the end of his career? Who knows, but i see Utah atleast as a team which could use nash cause their pg play of late has been abysmantal.
In my opinion i dont really think that suns will trade nash because that his value is just to low right now since he is so old and teams are just dont willing to take a chance on him even tho he still produces as good as ever. I think Steve Nash plays out this season in Phoenix and then goes on to play on a low salary deal for a contender, but i think its a strong possibility that his time as a top notch player soon is done cause age must certainly take a tool on his body.
I saw Nash and Grant Hill play against the Kings on Sat. Nash completely controled the game on offense. He scored like 2 points but had 14 assist. Hill pretty much shut down Tyreke Evans to 1-9 shooting, 4 points, 4 TOs.
Even though both of them are old. They still have value and can contribute.
I doubt Hill gets traded, but I would love for the both of them to end their careers on contenders.
orlando should trade for him. steve nash and dwight howard together does'nt sound bad at all. they would be a good tandem.
They should have been made Him available 2 years ago when they let Amare go
Utah should get him
I just wrote about this. Man, I think the Suns are in a no win situation. You can't demand too much, because he's a pending free agent. The two teams that he could elevate are Indiana and Portland, but with D'Antoni looking more and more safe for another season in New York, it will be interesting if he goes to a team like Indy or Portland and he leads them far in the playoffs and he is sitting at FA choosing a great team he just led, or D'Antoni and the Knicks.
I don't think Portland needs him.
Ray Felton gets it done.
Can't believe nobody said the Lakers yet, either Nash or Sessions they have to get one of them. Ebanks and a 2nd would be enough probably.
He would make the Pacers so much better.
David West needs an elite passing point guard or else he sucks but you give him a point guard like Steve Nash and hes an elite power forward because of his great mid range game.
Granger can go back to being more of a catch and shoot guy which hes best at, and Hibbert would benifit too, just look at what Nash has done to Gortat.
The Pacers do have a trade exception so im thinking.
Collison + Amundson + Trade Exception + 1st/2nd round pick
Nash + Hill
So give up a good young PG in Collison to get Nash for 1/2 a season, plus give up a draft pick? Why would the Pacers do that?
I don't think Portland needs him.
Nah, Felton is average. He's putting up 6 assists, but 37% shooting and 20% 3 point shooting. Adding Nash is a monster upgrade for Portland.
It would be interesting to see how Nash would fit in with Mcmillans defensive oriented team, his numbers would go down but he could help them out.
Lakers throw in a 2nd round draft pick to PHX...lets get it done!!
Up until the advent of Lin-sanity, I could have seen Nash ending up at MSG with the Knicks next season but now I suppose all the possible deals are mentioned above and if he does see out the season with the Suns. Then I wonder if he may return to Dallas for a year or two if Jason Kidd retires this year, this way Dallas still have flexability long term and maybe get another run out of Dirk and co.
delfam I said the Lakers.
Mavs would make sense and would be great if he got a ring there.
As for the post about Raymond Felton he's been average if that this year.
Homer here, but I wish Nash would go to the Thunder.
They need another point guard with Maynor out for the season and Reggie Jackson not getting it done. Westbrook might be able to switch to the two for part of the time and Harden could still come off the bench.
I dunno. Crazy idea, I know.
The Thunder don't have much to give the Suns in return, but if Nash wants to go to a contender, the Suns should have the decency to trade him for peanuts.
Indiana and Portland have to be the top 2 destinations.
Steve Nash would help everyone on the Blazers heaps. P&R with aldridge and better looks for the wings. I'd trade Felton and Batum for a rental of Steve Nash.
I know right, but it's hard to imagine Lin keeping up this for the rest of the season. But, think about Nash starting, Lin coming off the bench = PG gold.
Lets all be honest if the Knicks traded Nash and Grant Hill for Melo they would be way better ...
Ofcourse that will never happen
The problem about Nash to OKC is that Westbrook plays more two, Harden plays more 3, and Durant plays more 4, which means that either you play Perkins or Iblaka at the 5.
Nash to LA for Josh Childress' contract and the average prospects?
Nash to Dallas for......................yeah, they have nothing the Suns want.
Maybe he could go to the Lakers in a three team deal, Somehow they send Gasol to the Rockets, and the Rockets send Martin and Dragic to Phionex, And the Lakers get Nash and Scola. Maybe the Rockets don't want that anymore, but for Phionex, you get Dragic back and you get Martin, who is a good start to rebuild. The Lakers get a productive Power Foward, and even though they lose some height in the process, they save money long term and they get Nash. Not the best idea, but just an idea.
I would take Nash over Lin in a heartbeat, and he may still end up there. Just depends on what the Knicks would have to give up I guess.Or if the Suns even want any of their players.
What do you guys think about this trade? Picks would be going Houston as well. Props to aamir543 for giving me the idea to involve the Suns, Lakers and Rockets.
Or even this trade
Nash will probably play 3 or 4 more years so you can probably move other players Like George Hill and a 1st rounder or hanborough to get Nash. It appears Suns want to get younger.