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Report: Howard has asked Magic to get Steve Nash

Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:22 am
 
Posted by Royce Young

Would acquiring Steve Nash make Dwight Howard a happy man in Orlando? (Getty Images)

The Suns may want to re-sign Steve Nash, but that doesn't mean the trade rumors are going to go away. And it also doesn't mean they're not going to answer the phone when someone calls about him.

There's already the rumor of Lamar Odom being talked about for Nash, but here's one with some larger implications: Nash to the Magic. Via HoopsWorld:
The Orlando Magic has made offers for Nash in the past and sources close to the situation say that they’ll attempt to acquire the 16-year veteran in the next two weeks. Dwight Howard has asked the front office to pursue Nash and sources close to Howard believe he won’t exercise his early termination option if the team is able to acquire Nash and re-sign him this summer.
That... would be interesting. And it makes a decent amount of sense. Something a lot of us aren't thinking about is that Howard's not technically a free agent this summer. He just had the option to terminate his contract early and become one. So if the Magic were doing good things or he felt like he wanted to give them more time, he could just stick around and make us all go through this again in 2013.

Bringing in Nash would certainly make him reconsider though. You're talking a Hall of Fame point guard to pair with the best big man in basketball. That's a pretty good combination. The Magic would almost certainly have to take on some money in this deal as the Suns aren't going to let Nash go for nothing. But GM Otis Smith has shown a willingness in the past to mix things up in an effort to win, so I'm sure every single player on the roster would be available, except Howard.

As we near closer to the March 15 deadline, I think you'll see one of two things happen with Orlando. A) They trade Howard or B) they keep him and make an aggressive trade to try and win this year, while also convincing him to stick around later.

Nash has refused to ask for a trade from the Suns, but this deal would be good for him as he tries to compete for a title in the twilight of his career. The Suns aren't going anywhere anytime soon, so pairing Nash with Howard would at least give the Magic a relative shot. Would they be able to beat the Heat or Bulls in a series? It would be tough. But it's not just about this year, but the bigger picture. And if Howard wants Nash and Smith delivers, that could go a long ways to keeping No. 12 in Orlando.
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Since: Aug 28, 2007
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:54 pm
 

Report: Howard has asked Magic to get Steve Nash

If I were Magic ownership, I'd tell him, "Fine. We'll get Nash. You sit right down and sign this extension and we'll go get him." Lebron demanded that the Cavs go get Larry Hughes, then demanded they re-sign Ilgauskas, then demanded they get Shaq, then demanded they get Bosh or Stoudemire or Jamison. They did all that and he flipped them the middle finger when it was time to sign his extension. I wouldn't let Howard hold them hostage.


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Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:51 pm
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Since: Oct 9, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:49 pm
 

Report: Howard has asked Magic to get Steve Nash

- you absolutely do not need a "superstar" to win an NBA championship.  look no further than the 2004 championship team. 



Since: Feb 2, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:45 pm
 

Report: Howard has asked Magic to get Steve Nash

Nash is how old? Royce don't make it sound like the Magic would be getting a spring chicken....typical RY.



Since: Jul 24, 2011
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:44 pm
 

Report: Howard has asked Magic to get Steve Nash


People who say trade Dwight Howard forget the most fundamental rule of the NBA. You cannot win without a superstar. It is simply impossible. Unless you are going to get another top 5 talent it is better to simply let Howard walk and not take on any new contracts. Hopefully they are terrible enough to get another shot at a superstar in the draft

Your comment is fundamentally sound but if the Magic is sure that he won't resign with them then they should atleast get draft picks and possibly a young talent that can play a role.  For example, if they could get Brook Lopez, Marshon Brooks and a top lottery pick from the Nets, that would be better than just letting him walk.  It's true that you don't want to straddle your cap with mediocre to kinda good veterans but if  there are quality young players and draft picks available then you must do it.        
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Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:34 pm
 

Report: Howard has asked Magic to get Steve Nash

I'm a Suns fan - if they trade Nash, they best be getting a number of draft picks for him. This team needs to be rebuilt to win. I hope in my lifetime the Suns with a championship.


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Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:32 pm
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Since: Feb 12, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:19 pm
 

Report: Howard has asked Magic to get Steve Nash

People who say trade Dwight Howard forget the most fundamental rule of the NBA. You cannot win without a superstar. It is simply impossible. Unless you are going to get another top 5 talent it is better to simply let Howard walk and not take on any new contracts. Hopefully they are terrible enough to get another shot at a superstar in the draft.  



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:14 pm
 

Report: Howard has asked Magic to get Steve Nash

Butch and brees are right. If the magic organization is so dysfunctional that their players have to tell them who to get maybe its time for a management overhaul. Otherwise build the team to be the best disregarding what the players say. Dwight Howard surely knows more about basketball than me or you, but he surely doesnt know as much as a gm.


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Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:08 pm
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