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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.



Comments

Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:59 am
 

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

A washed up Nash for the #2 pick.......Thats about the dumbest trade ive ever heard.....



Since: Apr 29, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:57 am
 

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

not to defend the other guy's comment, but you spelled ridiculous wrong.  if he's a serf, what are you?



Since: May 4, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:49 am
 

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

"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 select Duke point guard Kyrie Irving."

seriously, I agree, who writes this stuff? In fact, don't they have an editor that reads this before it goes out?  I'd be optimistic that every eligible player would be available, except one, after the first pick.

morons.



Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:35 am
 

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

What' ridiculous is your comment.  Do you really think after winning two MVPs and busting his ass for Pheonix that theyw ould even consider trading him to a non contending team no matter what the offer?  If they traded Nash to the Wolves at this point in his career (meaning maybe 2 years left to try and win a ring) they would never get another star to sign with them.



Since: Sep 25, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:31 am
 

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

If you want to attract high caliber free agents, it's a good idea not to screw with your veteran players.  The NY Jets just cut Pennington without restrictions because they didn't want to screw with him, and in turn players love playing for that franchise and they have zero trouble attracting free agents.  Getting a similar setup in the NBA would be even more important since it's so superstar driven.



Since: Dec 26, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:25 am
 

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

what a rediculous comment!!  

Can you imagine the comment from the GM to owners and media ..... "we traded Nash ... got less than value because it would be shameful to get more value if Nash ended up with a lesser team."

You sir are a serf ... never to be confused with the lord of the manor.



Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:25 am
 

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

Twolves shouldn't trade their second pick for a old washed up Nash. It would be much more benefical to draft a young stud in Derrick Williams that will team up great with K.Love.



Since: Nov 29, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:21 am
 

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

WHO WRITES THIS STUFF!! PURE COMEDY. Did anyone else notice this? Im glad there is confidence within the Twolves brass, that if Irving goes #1, they think Derrick Williams will be there at #2


"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 select Duke point guard Kyrie Irving."




Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: June 22, 2011 11:07 am
 

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

It would be classless to send Nash to a non contender after all nasgh has done for the Suns. No complaining or whining, Nash has been a superstar the right way.

If they trade him, they MUST trade him to a top 10 team. Anything else would be unacceptable.



Since: Jun 3, 2010
Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:57 am
 

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

Our (as in suns) owner is so bad. I mean not about the nash deal, but just in general. Deal Amare away when he was almost the face of the suns. I love nash IMO I think he is very good. He made gortat a great player when he was garbage at the magic. At least the owner made one right call in keeping him.


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