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Headed into free agency, Suns' Nash hints at joining Heat

CBSSports.com wire reports

Amid uneven play from their point guards, a long-range option apparently has opened for the Heat.

An impending free agent this summer, and not necessarily sure of the direction his Phoenix Suns are taking, Steve Nash said he would be open to a possible future alongside LeBron James with the Heat.

Speaking on Dan Patrick's radio show, Nash said of potential overtures from the Heat, who play Sunday in Boston, "I'd listen. He is phenomenal."

Unlike others, Nash said he never had an issue with James and Chris Bosh electing to team up with Dwyane Wade during 2010 free agency.

"I love what they're doing there," he said. "A lot of people don't like them because they put all that talent together. But they're professional, they play hard, they play together."

Nash said his respect for the Heat extends beyond the roster.

"Their coaching staff has done a great job," he said. "So I have a tremendous amount of respect for them, and I would definitely listen."

Starter Mario Chalmers and 2011 first-round pick Norris Cole are the only point guards under contract to the Heat. Chalmers is playing in the first year of a three-year deal, with only the first two seasons guaranteed. Coles is playing under the rookie scale.

Already operating above the salary cap and most likely to also be operating above the luxury tax, the Heat would only have the tax-payer's mid-level exception to offer Nash.

"I would definitely listen," Nash said.

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