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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.

Since: Oct 26, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:57 am

Report: Howard has asked Magic to get Steve Nash

If Howard is going to leave at the end of the year, and you have a one shot chance at going to one last title in Orlando - then Nash is the perfect fit.  He's not staying in Orlando long term and Nash would elevate the Magic to the Bulls & Heat level of competition.  Not saying they would win a series, but competitively.  They also have pieces to land Nash, they do not have pieces to land an Ellis and Rondo. 

If you know you have one last shot - a la Prince Fielder, this is the move that puts you in the conversation.  You happen to get lucky and win it all - you might just have kept your big man.

Since: Apr 13, 2010
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:51 am

Report: Howard has asked Magic to get Steve Nash

they go after these has been players bacuase Howard has no idea how to be a GM.  He is a player and as such, he should keep his mouth shut and play.  But since Orlando's management is weak, he is allowed to make these suggestions even to the detriment of the long term success of the team.  Howard is a great player but obviously not the sharpest knife in the drawer.  I'd rather trade Howard than trade for aging pieces that will not win a championship for Orlando.

Since: Mar 1, 2012
Posted on: March 1, 2012 11:39 am

Report: Howard has asked Magic to get Steve Nash

Why do the Magic keep going after all these "end of their career" players? Granted Nash would be a good pick up, but how long will he stay healthy. Why don't they try to go after players that aren't a season away from retirement?

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