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Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:40 am

NEW YORK -- Suns president Lon Babby put the brakes on Steve Nash trade speculation Wednesday, saying, "We are not trading Steve Nash. Period. Exclamation point."

Despite the questionable syntax, the otherwise clear dictation from Babby to the Arizona Republic quashed the latest Nash trade discussions, which had him going to Minnesota for the No. 2 pick in Thursday's draft. The Timberwolves have been among the most active teams in trade discussions leading up to the draft, offering the second pick to several teams with a list of demands that included Nash, the Lakers' Pau Gasol, and the Wizards' JaVale McGee, league sources said Wednesday. The proposed Gasol trade is "not happening," one of the sources said, and Washington has been unwilling to seriously discuss trading McGee.

A person close to Nash said of a possible trade to Minnesota, "I can't believe (Phoenix) would do that to Steve." Nash, 37, would be relegated to mentoring point guard Ricky Rubio on a rebuilding team that won 17 games last season.

If Minnesota is unsuccessful in procuring a veteran star for the second pick, sources said the Wolves are comfortable selecting Arizona's Derrick Williams, who team officials strongly believe will be on the board after the Cavaliers select Duke point guard Kyrie Irving.

Babby also told the Republic that the Suns "are not trading Marcin Gortat," whose name was included in the discussions with Minnesota.

A source also said discussions between Atlanta and Orlando with Josh Smith going to the Magic are "totally legit." Executives say the Hawks have expressed an eagerness to move Smith and would like to shed salary in the process.

Several executives were surprised to learn the Spurs are fielding offers for point guard Tony Parker, whose infamous statement that San Antonio's championship window has closed could usher in some significant changes for the four-time champions. An integral piece of the puzzle for the Spurs is the pending early-termination option for Tim Duncan, who has yet to act on his $21.2 million option for next season. It would clearly benefit Duncan to agree to an extension before the collective bargaining agreement expires at 12:01 a.m. ET July 1, though Spurs officials are currently focused on the draft -- with one obvious priority being whether Parker or other assets could get San Antonio into the high lottery on draft night.

With top prospects in New York Thursday for media and service responsibilities, a person familiar with the draft discussions said the Pistons appear to have zeroed in on Texas small forward Tristan Thompson with the eighth pick. Thompson canceled other scheduled workouts after working out for the Pistons with five other players Wednesday.


Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 2:40 pm

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

These articles crack me up. Sources say this, sources say that, blah blah blah. Nobody knows what the Suns are up to or any other team for that matter and why would they let on that they are considering anything as far as the draft or trades are concerned. I don't believe for one minute that the Suns aren't currently discussing trade scenarios for both Gortat and Nash. Do we really think Gortat is coveted by the Suns that much? Do we really think that the Suns are going to let Nash play out his contract and not try to get anything for him before he retires or decides to play just one more year with another team. The Suns let Stoudemire go for nothing and screwed the whole team up in the process I seriously doubt that happens again. I look for the Suns to move Gortat to the Wolves with the 13th pick for the 2nd pick and they also may move Lopez to Golden State for the 10th pick. If they stand pat with what they have then look for the Suns to suck for many years to come. 

Since: Sep 27, 2008
Posted on: June 22, 2011 2:11 pm

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

Love that Nash is staying put in PHX!  Age smage.  Still the best pure point guard in the league. Probably not a smarter player in the league.  Like having another coach on the bench. Huge asset in the community.  One of the NBA's real good guys.  And he puts fans in the stands.  Something the T-wolves would know nothing about. Bad trade? Ha! Minnesota wish they could be that lucky.  He would be hands down the best thing to hit that lame market since Garnett.....maybe ever.  

Since: Nov 3, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 2:10 pm

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

Note to Harshsaga,

Steve Nash is from CANADA.  I don't think Minnesota's weather would be a dealbreaker.  The deal won't get done for other reasons but the weather issue is a nonfactor.

Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 1:25 pm

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

There is no way the Wolves could justify trading the #2 for a 37 yr old PG with 1 yr left on his deal...Ten yrs ago ud make that deal in a heartbeat...he isnt gonna resign with them...He isnt gonna win them 20 more games either....Wolves fans wouldnt want him anyway when they can have Derek Williams and continue to rebuild....

Since: Feb 20, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 1:12 pm

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

Have a hard time imagining the Suns would think so little of Nash as to trade him to the Wolves.  No offense meant to Wolves fans, but it's a cold environment (bigger factor for NBA players than some might think), and the Wolves are in full rebuilding mode.  Meanwhile Nash rejuvenated himself and the Suns franchise a few years ago, and gave them several superstar / All-Star years, and took last season in stride even when he knew what it would be like after Amare's departure.  I also think the warm climate and run-and-gun style has helped Nash extend his career a bit (though he's a health freak too).

I'm a big Nash fan, and fan of the up-tempo style.  He and Grant Hill are now at the top of my list of guys I'd like to see win championships (Nowitzki's off the list after this June), but the chances look slim in Phoenix.  Suns are in a tough spot - do they go full rebuilding, or do they make a last-ditch effort, or do they try to hybridize both approaches?

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 1:06 pm

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

Smith to the Magic talks legit. AWESOME!!

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: June 22, 2011 12:59 pm

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

 Keven Love is a selfish jack-wagon, thats why the trade talk. My wolves have screwed up in almost every draft. We would never trade our #2 and highest pick ever. But the remaining picks and next years would be up for grabs.

Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 12:45 pm

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

From the article:

"Sources said the Wolves are comfortable selecting Arizona's Derrick Williams, who team officials strongly believe will be on the board after the select Duke point guard Kyrie Irving."

What genius those sources must be! They "strongly believe" that Williams be available with the second pick after someone else is taken?!  Nostradamuses, all of them!

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 12:34 pm

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

A washed up Nash? You are an idiot! Look at his numbers last year, toward the end of his career, yes washed not nearly.

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Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 12:07 pm
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