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Agent: Steve Nash on trade block this summer

Posted on: February 11, 2011 7:35 pm
Edited on: February 11, 2011 7:48 pm
 
The agent for Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash says his client could be traded this summer. Posted by Ben Golliver. steve-nash

The Phoenix Suns have weathered the post-Amar'e storm better than, say, the Cleveland Cavaliers or Toronto Raptors have handled the departures of LeBron James and Chris Bosh, but they've still had their share of struggles. 

Throughout the tough on-court stretch, whispers regarding the future of veteran point guard Steve Nash have grown louder and louder. But even as the Suns fell well below .500, the team's management and Nash himself both vigorously denied any and all trade rumors. 

Finally: a crack in that facade. ESPN.com reports that Nash's agent Bll Duff, believes that Nash will be placed on the trade market this summer. 
"Steve is a Phoenix Sun and I don't think it's an exaggeration to say he's the face of that franchise," Duffy said. "But logic dictates that it would be prudent for the Suns to start looking at their long-term future in the summer, so we would expect that they may entertain moving him during the summer. We are ready for that and we anticipate a very respectful process if they decide to look at starting over with a younger core."
Phoenix has turned thing around a bit lately following a blockbuster December trade with the Orlando Magic, reaching .500 this week and sitting just outside the Western Conference playoff chase with a record of 25-25. There's no question that the current team, led by Nash, could make a playoff push, with teams like the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz potentially falling back to the pack.

Duffy's comment, then, is likely an effort to buy his client some time and peace of mind in the weeks leading up to the trade deadline. The Suns might as well ride Nash as far as he will take them this season. Nevertheless, a public acknowledgement that the Suns might look to part ways with their franchise player in the near future qualifies as a fairly big headline, especially given the track record the team has presented up until this point.
Comments

Since: Feb 13, 2010
Posted on: February 12, 2011 9:42 pm
 

Agent: Steve Nash on trade block this summer

The Suns are not going to rebuild around a 30+ year old point guard, theyre going to trade him, bottom out and get the pick, hopefully it works out for them.  Secondly, there is no chance he is going to the Bulls, they have this guy Derek Rose who is far better now then Nash ever was.  Why would the Bulls bring in another point in the twilight of his career when they have the best point in the league and an overall top five player?



Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: February 12, 2011 4:34 am
 

Agent: Steve Nash on trade block this summer

As a fan, it's hard to imagine trading Nash, but as franchise you have to look at the big picture. I would hope that if the Suns trade him, they'll show him the respect of trading him to a team that has a chance to win it all. The way he plays, he gives most teams that chance, and makes the players around him better. I have nothing but respect for Steve Nash as a player and a person. He's a class act.



Since: Feb 12, 2011
Posted on: February 12, 2011 12:52 am
 

Agent: Steve Nash on trade block this summer

Steve Nash deserves the chance to go to the team of his choice.  You're Suns were screwed in the playoffs a few years ago with the BS Amare of the bench by an inch.  He should be allowed to go to a Oklahoma or Chicago squad that is an inch away.  I am a Sixers fan and Philadelphia fan in general, but he is sick and earned a shot at a championship.  You are not gonna give it to him and you are crazy if you think you will.  Let him go, be happy about it. 



Since: Dec 11, 2006
Posted on: February 12, 2011 12:01 am
 

Agent: Steve Nash on trade block this summer

Baloney!  Nash is the Suns.  They will keep him to build a new nucleus around.


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