--By not trading Steve Nash at the deadline, the Suns now face the prospect they faced two years ago with Amare Stoudemire -- a marquee asset walking away without getting a single thing in return. No players, no draft picks. Nothing.
Coach Alvin Gentry had planned on sitting Nash in the fourth quarter of the finale, but the crowd chanted "We want Steve" until Gentry brought him back for a brief 30-second cameo and final walk-off. No one knows if it was his swan song as a Sun, but it certainly felt like it.
"I've been with him eight years and I've always admired him," Gentry said. "He always tried to do everything really professionally. He is an unbelievable student of the game. He played with reckless abandonment. Got everyone involved in the game and I always thought he was a guy that made guys better. It's fun to watch him play.
"What he's done for my coaching career is priceless as far as I'm concerned."
--While Nash was sent off with applause, Grant Hill's possible last game had much less fanfare. Sidelined after coming back too soon from knee surgery, Hill played only three minutes in his last five games as a Sun and, just shy of 40 years old, is a free agent as well.
Hill is still Phoenix's best wing defender and, even with plenty of wing options, a strong player that is a Gentry favorite. If Nash doesn't come back, it's hard to figure Hill staying either.
QUOTE TO NOTE
"It was an interesting year, the ups and downs over the course of the season. We had a rough start trying to get everyone acclimated to the system we were trying to run. Through all the struggles I think we came out of it, roles were defined and guys began to play better." -- Suns coach Alvin Gentry.
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