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Suns 'on the fence' about trading Steve Nash?

Posted on: January 4, 2011 10:15 am
The struggling Phoenix Suns are weighing whether or not to rebuild, which could mean trading franchise point guard Steve Nashsteve-nash Posted by Ben Golliver.

Things are heading south more rapidly than expected in Phoenix, as the Suns have slipped out of the race for the Western Conference's final playoff spot, at least for the time being. 

While Suns management was smart to dump Hedo Turkoglu in a December trade that netted them a solid center, Marcin Gortat, it came at the expense of a valued locker room presence, Jason Richardson. The move almost immediately set off speculation about what it meant for aging franchise point guard Steve Nash, who was close to Richardson and who has reached the point in his career where he doesn't have time for a rebuilding effort. 

NBA Fanhouse reports that the Suns are weighing the benefits of trading Nash, who clearly still has significant value around the league and has a reasonable salary ($10.3 million this year, $11.6 million next year) that ends after the 2011-2012 season.
While the 14-18 Suns made it clear recently that their six-player trade with Orlando was not a precursor to moving Nash, the option is being considered and they are, according to the source, "on the fence" about which direction to go. The next month will be key in the decision-making process, as there is a mixture of belief and hope that the additions of Carter, Mickael Pietrus and Marcin Gortat can fortify the defense and help turn the season around in time for a playoff push.
The site also mentions the New York Knicks, with Nash's former head coach Mike D'Antoni and former pick-and-roll partner Amar'e Stoudemire, as one possible trade partner.
There's not much mystery when it comes to the sort of teams that are closely monitoring the Nash situation, as any competitive club without a Hall of Fame-caliber point guard would stand to improve significantly by bringing him aboard. And the New York Knicks, according to a source with knowledge of their thinking, are most certainly still among that group.
Of course, these rumors have come up before, and have been shot down repeatedly

What's different this time? Maybe nothing, but Phoenix is more desperate and directionless than it has been in years, so conversations about the future are totally understandable. 

Nash's popularity and box-office appeal make trading him difficult, and you'd expect that Phoenix would demand a premium in return for parting with their team's centerpiece. For that reason, it's difficult to see Nash being moved prior to the trade deadline, unless things totally fall apart in the desert.

For his part, Nash has expressed frustration throughout the early months of this season, but he's remained a loyal soldier, never requesting a trade or even floating a desire to head elsewhere. For that, he's a better man than many NBA players, but he may wind up paying for his loyalty with more frustration.

Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: January 5, 2011 11:37 am

Suns 'on the fence' about trading Steve Nash?

Beav, Nash HAS to be the one can create opportunities for other players like he can. But I think the Bulls could benefit from getting him and having him be the PG, and experiment with Rose at SG - Rose is more athletic and would make the switch to the 2 more easily, I think. Plus, I think of him more as a scorer than a distributor, but Nash is the best distributor in the game.

In short, Nash would make ANY team instantly better, even the Heat. I know people say James and Wade need the ball in their hands all the time to create, but I doubt it. I think they'd relish Nash creating opportunities for them...I mean, who doesn't like wide open jumpers, or getting the ball in a position to make a move on a guy who is desperately trying to get back out to defend you after Nash drew him off....drives, dunks, and alley-oops galore....and Nash can still score himself! But I don't think the Heat have the assets to get Nash, honestly - he is still too good even though he is older.

Every team wants Nash. He would only improve team chemistry and a good passer always makes a team better.

Since: Jun 30, 2010
Posted on: January 5, 2011 2:47 am

Suns 'on the fence' about trading Steve Nash?

Come to the Heat Nash, where the possibilities are endless and where Heat could become relevant again...oh. wait...the Heat already are (19 wins in last 20 games).  That would be the best possibility for Nash to win.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2011 9:18 pm

Suns 'on the fence' about trading Steve Nash?

Hey Stupid Canadian I am proud that you know the autobiography of Mr. Nash.  I could care less.  His attitude and politics are very French Canadian and that is all I need to know. Now go back into your igloo and eat your seal.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2011 8:52 pm

Suns 'on the fence' about trading Steve Nash?

@ WarnertoHolt...

Nash was born in South Africa , and was raised in Western Canada....which has nothing what so ever to do with "French Canada" further laugh off your foolish comments...Toronto is not "French Canada" either....

Stupid American.

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: January 4, 2011 8:33 pm

Suns 'on the fence' about trading Steve Nash?

Trade him to Toronto so he can get his liberal self out of Arizona and back to French-Canada.  Or, if he wants to become a Laker that will be ok too!Tongue out

Since: Jul 26, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2011 7:06 pm

Suns 'on the fence' about trading Steve Nash?

Regurgitated story. Move some names around....bleaaagggh. Bump.

Since: Oct 9, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 6:10 pm

Suns 'on the fence' about trading Steve Nash?

Here is a crazy idea (and one that I am just throwing out there.  punch holes in it as you see fit).  How about Chicago make a run at him and put him at shooting guard.  With Nash's ability to sink 3s and his speed on defense, I imagine he would put up some insane scoring numbers (and Chicago could really use another consistant scorer).  It would limit his incredible passing though. This would make Chicago a real threat to knock off Boston and Miami in the East.

Think that could be an option?

Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: January 4, 2011 6:09 pm

Suns 'on the fence' about trading Steve Nash?

3 months ago, you knick fans were jocking though.  When he played against your beloved Knicks, you cheered him on.  Now look at you?  You're a typical jackass Knick fan.  All fluff and bluster and no substance.   You deserve 10 more years of irrelevance.

Since: Sep 17, 2010
Posted on: January 4, 2011 4:43 pm

Suns 'on the fence' about trading Steve Nash?

Go New York.. Get crazy get Mello and Nash and give the greatest city in the world something to cheer about again!!! The worlds most famous arena deserves a great team.. Then Lebron can lick his balls in souf beach..

Since: Oct 7, 2008
Posted on: January 4, 2011 4:38 pm

Suns 'on the fence' about trading Steve Nash?

I agree with you that Suns management probably realizes they made a mistake on Stat. But I don't necessarily agree that Nash needs Stat more than Stat needs Nash. Remember, the Knicks also went out and acquired a young and pretty talented PG in Felton which helps Stoudemire tremendously. I do think Amare is great in his own right, but of course a great PG always helps. On the other hand, the Suns picked up Hakim Warrick and a few other players that are not nearly as talented as Stoudemire. Stoudemire and Nash were a perfect marriage in the pick and roll offense, but they never had the right timing or the one complimentary piece they needed to get them over the top: a good (not great, just good), true center. Gortat probably would have even been fine!

But a few years ago, when they were in their prime they had one big issue: The Spurs. The Suns were all run and gun with D'Antoni and never got a good center or focused on defense enough to get past them. Then the Spurs declined and the Suns declined even more by adding Shaq, who didn't fit at all. The last couple of years (and especially last year) they have had the same kind of team, with a little bit more defense and deeper bench, but had to run up against the Lakers. They just never had ALL of the pieces or enough defense to win a championship, and unfortunately, the window closed - and it wasn't either Nash's fault, or Amare's....

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