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Knicks targeting Steve Nash this offseason?

Posted on: January 18, 2012 1:01 pm
Posted by Royce Young

There have been a whole lot of Steve Nash to New York rumors over the past few years with his former coach Mike D'Antoni running the show and former teammate Amar'e Stoudemire playing in the Big Apple.

Every time, that rumor has been squashed without anything all that substantial coming out of it. I'm sure the Knicks have called the Suns and made inquiries over the past couple seasons, but that happens all the time, all over the place.

This time though, there might be a little more steam behind it. Because it makes a whole lot of sense. According to the New York Post, the Knicks plan on targeting Nash this summer using their mid-level exception.
That’s why The Post has reported the Knicks plan to target Nash (along with Jameer Nelson and Raymond Felton) with this summer’s $5 million mid-level exception.
Shocking news: The Knicks, a team that need a point guard like Boris Diaw needs a donut, are planning on targeting available point guards. I know, I can't believe it either.

But the thought of Nash is what makes it more intriguing. Right now, Mike Bibby, Iman Shumpert and Toney Douglas are splitting duties with Baron Davis likely to take over the full-time role once he's healthy. And though Nash is 37, he is still Steve Nash and would be a terrific addition for the Knicks. Especially considering he could pull back a bit on having to do so much like he does in Phoenix.

My question is, and I posed this in my thing ripping the Knicks point guard situation, why not go hard after Nash now? Yeah, I suppose you could just wait until the offseason and sign him without giving up anything in return, but that just means the Knicks have to hope and pray Baron Davis gives them something. Otherwise, it's just another mediocre season at MSG and wait until next year when Nash is a year older.

I understand waiting on Nelson or Felton. But Nash does genuinely seem like a terrific fit. The problem is that the Knicks have gutted themselves getting Carmelo Anthony that there isn't much left to deal for Nash. Nash has said he won't request a deal, but if at the deadline the Suns decide they want to deal him and Nash says, "I'll only go to New York," and the Knicks come calling offering up Shumpert, Landry Field and Douglas plus a spare part pick, maybe that's enough to make Phoenix bite. Maybe the Suns decide they'd like to get back three rookie deal players in exchange for Nash. Or maybe the Suns would rather preserve cap space and be players in the 2012 market.

Or maybe Nash just wants to stay with the Suns. I guess that could happen too.


Since: Dec 17, 2011
Posted on: January 19, 2012 4:38 pm

Knicks targeting Steve Nash this offseason?

Knicks targeting Steve Nash this offseason?

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Since: Oct 8, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 11:02 am

Knicks targeting Steve Nash this offseason?

Let's get this straight.  This reporter wants to give up Shumpert, a great value player with lots of upside, for less than half of a season of Nash?  When they can get a good point guard with the exception for next season, while NOT giving up their future (as they did with the Dolan-led Carmelo deal)?  Come on.  I can't read this stuff.

Since: Jun 27, 2009
Posted on: January 19, 2012 9:01 am

Knicks targeting Steve Nash this offseason?

These are just stupid ideas being thrown out there by lame reporters looking for a story. If Knick management was to make a trade like this Shumpert, Douglas and a pick for Nash the league should assume control of the team. That is just stupid. Knick fans just be patient we have suffered this long what's another 1/2 a season? Let's see what Baron Davis has left in the tank. if they can make it out of the 1st round would be making progress. Next season Felton should be brought back. He is not really looking too good in Portland and has been at odds with the coach. Also the knicks need to try to acquire some cap room to resign Wison Chandler.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 6:50 am

Knicks targeting Steve Nash this offseason?

Going after Steve Nash?  The Knicks should have just kept Chauncey Billups instead of giving him up for nothing.

Since: Oct 30, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:38 am
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Since: Aug 20, 2007
Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:46 am

Knicks targeting Steve Nash this offseason?

Keep in mind, this is still Jimmy Dolan's team.. As long as he owns them and insists on meddling, they'll never be successful. He's kind of like the Jerry Jones of the NBA. Well, except that Jerry doesn't force his employees to go out and see him play in his lousy band.

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: January 19, 2012 12:44 am

Knicks targeting Steve Nash this offseason?

I love Nash but he is getting old. Knicks have been down this road too many times- go after an aging star to build a team around.

Since: Jan 18, 2012
Posted on: January 18, 2012 11:13 pm

Knicks targeting Steve Nash this offseason?

Really? Pick up Nash and then get rid of Dantoni? Did u just start following pro ball this morning?

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:24 pm

Knicks targeting Steve Nash this offseason?

So Jameer Nelson is going to give up his starting job in Orlando for a backup spot behind Nash in New York. That makes very little sense. That along with the fact his contract doesn't end til 2013.

Since: Nov 11, 2006
Posted on: January 18, 2012 8:17 pm

Knicks targeting Steve Nash this offseason?

I concur.  In addition, Steve Nash is a soccer player and this means that his stamina is tremendous.. soccer players run on average 12km a game!  Here's another fact he co-owns the Vancouver Whitecaps (MLS Professsional Soccer Team) I say Nash has 4-5 good years left..

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