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Knicks still trying to get Nash?

Posted on: June 21, 2011 10:39 am
Edited on: June 21, 2011 11:07 am
Posted by Royce Young

It's a dance that's been going on ever since Mike D'Antoni took the head coaching position in New York.

Steve Nash to the Knicks.

It's never really heated up to a boiling point, but always stayed at a whisper. And there's a new whisper via the New York Post.
"There have been renewed whispers the Knicks have inquired about Nash, who lives in SoHo in the offseason. The Knicks have talked internally about trading Chauncey Billups for Nash as both have expiring contracts. But there does not appear any reason for Suns owner Robert Sarver to make a move and give Mike D'Antoni a chance to reunite with his favorite son."
The Suns have strongly denied every rumor of trading Nash and Nash himself has always said he's extremely happy in Phoenix. But he's 36 years old and his contract expires after next season. What comes then for Nash? Does he re-up with Phoenix or look elsewhere? Or does Phoenix look to dangle a very attractive trade piece at the deadline?

You can be sure if they did, the Knicks would be the first team placing a call. Despite the idea to play better defense, Nash is the perfect maestro for the Knicks. He's already great with Amar'e Stoudemire and with a scoring wing with talent like Carmelo Anthony, that would be a pretty lethal trio.

But the trade proposed here -- a straight swap for Billups -- makes zero sense for the Suns. They aren't just going to give away Nash. Billups is a nice player and their salaries line up, but Phoenix will be looking for a future rebuilding move if Nash is moved. Not something like aging point guard for aging point guard.

With Nash expiring next season though, prepare yourself to read this rumor at least two thousand more times. The New York media wants Nash there almost as much as D'Antoni and the fans do. It doesn't seem like Nash is just going to finish his career in Phoenix on an average team. It seems like he'd give a title shot one good last swing.

And maybe that comes in New York.

Since: May 21, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:28 am

Knicks still trying to get Nash?

TOTALLY AGREE!!!! D'Antoni needs to get outta here!!! HE PROMOTES NO DEFENSIVE PLAY AT ALL!!!!!

Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 9:43 pm

Knicks still trying to get Nash?

Knicks would be better trying to get Raymond Felton back.

Since: Jun 21, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 9:38 pm

Knicks still trying to get Nash?

Knicks probably would be alot better with Nash instead of Billups(i doubt it) but they are not winning a championship with Nash. And Melo does not want to play with a PG who has the ball in his hand as much as Nash does. Thinkng about it the Knicks are better off with Billups as their PG instead of Nash. Get rid of D'Antoni should be the knicks first step.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 3:23 pm

Knicks still trying to get Nash?

Nash does not play great D but he does wear down opposing PG's. The Knicks would be A LOT better with Nash instead of Chauncy. We already know how Nash complements Amare but he would also teach Carmelo a new style of game: Carmelo would catch on quickly that if he makes a great cut he will get the balkl in the perfect place.

Knicks would be smart to make this move.

Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 1:56 pm

Knicks still trying to get Nash?

. . . if Knicks want to be "entertaining," for for Nash. If they want to win, Nash is not the guy, plus, his salary would upset the delicate balance of salary cap for the Knicks. Oh, I forgot, there IS no salary cap for NY.

Since: Jun 9, 2011
Posted on: June 21, 2011 1:53 pm

Knicks still trying to get Nash?

Suns are retooling and Nash is a semi-valuable commodity. At his salary, can the Knicks afford him? Me thinks not . . .

Since: Jul 4, 2010
Posted on: June 21, 2011 1:24 pm

Nash in 2 Years

If D'Antoni survives, and that's a big IF... AND if the Knicks lose out in the Dwight Howard/Chris Paul trade negotiations (which is a much smaller 'if'), then perhaps Steve Nash is a fall back option in the free agency of 2012.  But the Knicks would need him at a discount, especially if the salary cap becomes a hard fixed number, and most especially, since the Knicks still would need to be active at other positions in free agency.  This Knick team is NOT 1 player away, and even if it was, that 1 player is not a PG.  Seems like the cards have to fall just right for an Amare/Nash/D'Antoni reunion.  I'd expect a CAA trio of Melo/CP3/Calipari before a New York Suns.

Since: Jun 27, 2009
Posted on: June 21, 2011 12:03 pm

Knicks still trying to get Nash?

Gimme a break. Nash couldn't guard a corpse. Yes, our offense would be much more fluid because he is a more natural pg than Chauncey but his defense is worse than Toney Douglas. Imagine in the playoffs Nash trying to guard Rose, Rondo, Teague or Nelson. We need to just stand pat with Chauncey and explore other options. I really don't want the Knicks to be  the Suns east. We need to re establish that NY hardnose defense and toughness with the ability to score.

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: June 21, 2011 11:32 am

Knicks still trying to get Nash?

this would be awesome.

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