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The Sports Xchange

Steve Nash led the league in double-digit assist games (41) and finished 295-of-555 (.532) from the field for the season. That ties a career high and is the highest shooting percentage by a guard since 2007-08 (Ronnie Brewer) and the highest by a point guard since 2005-06 (Tony Parker).

Ronnie Price was supposed to be the backup point guard to Nash. He quickly lost his job to Sebastian Telfair and was on the outside of the rotation when the Suns turned their season around.

The Suns need a bona fide power forward to mentor Markieff Morris and keep opponents off the offensive glass. They will need a new point guard and leader if Nash leaves, and shooters to return the 3-point line to an effective weapon in Phoenix.

Nash and Grant Hill are the main focus, but Sebastian Telfair, Shannon Brown, Robin Lopez and even Aaron Brooks -- who chose to play the season overseas -- have completed their contracts.


--G Steve Nash accepted the accolades of the US Airways Center crowd in the season finale with his future still up in the air. Nash will be a free agent for the first time since returning to Phoenix in 2004 and he wants to play three more years. Will the Suns do enough to prove to him that they are committed to winning, or will he head elsewhere?

--F Markieff Morris had a very good rookie season and proved -- when he could avoid foul trouble -- that he fits the power forward spot well. He improved with each game, showed a strong 3-point shot and playing in 63 of 66 games. His emergence along with Marcin Gortat inside could make Channing Frye's future in Phoenix cloudy.

--C Marcin Gortat finished the season poorly, with his shooting percentage down and his turnovers up. When he's right, he's a double-double machine and very effective. When he's not, he drags down the team in several areas and rarely can turn around a bad game while it's happening.


--F Channing Frye (subluxed right shoulder) will get right to rehab work. He's dislocated this shoulder before, so he knows the road.

--F Grant Hill (right knee surgery) came back too soon from a minor procedure but should be fine -- wherever he plays -- as he approaches his 40th birthday.

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