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Steve Nash doesn't know if the Suns will deal him

Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:29 pm
Edited on: February 13, 2012 3:30 pm
 
Nash hasn't and won't request a trade from the Suns. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

Steve Nash is 38 years old. He's on an expiring contract. And he's playing on a pretty average team.

Common sense might say that Nash would prefer to get out of Phoenix and head to a contender to play out his NBA twilight chasing a ring. Or that the Suns would like to move Nash for a couple of draft picks and young assets to start a rebuild. But so far, neither of those things have happened, nor does it sound like they will.

"I have no idea what the club will eventually do if a bunch of offers are thrown in their face," Nash told SI.com, "but I feel like I'm not nervous about [the trade deadline] and I'm not thinking about -- what's the word? -- I'm not anticipating anything to happen. I feel like I made a commitment and I feel like I owe it to my teammates -- the city, the fans, the club -- to play it out and to play as hard as I can."

Nash has already said he wouldn't request a trade from the Suns. He's loyal, he's committed and he wants to play somewhere he fits. That doesn't mean he might try and look elsewhere next season as a free agent.

But the thing with Nash is, despite being 38, he's having a ridiculous season. He's an All-Star, shooting 56.3 percent from the field and averaging 10.3 assists a game. He's defying age and reason by having maybe his most efficient season yet. And that's without Amar'e Stoudemire or other gifted offensive players. If there was any remaining debate about who made who better, Nash is the constant.

But would the Suns pull the trigger even if Nash is committed? Maybe. And they might actually be getting closer.
One executive whose team has had serious interest in Nash in the past told SI.com that the Suns are "as close as they've ever been" to realizing that they need to seriously consider pulling the trigger on a trade if a young star is offered in return. Still, it appears the greater likelihood is that he remains.

"Our position has been the same all along, which is I've told him that he has earned the right to stay with our franchise as long as he wants provided that he believes in what we're doing, and provided that he's all in and wants to do that," Babby told SI.com.

Nash said he wants to keep playing another couple of years and why wouldn't he? If he's this good at 38, think how good he'll be at 40. Nash is like fine wine -- just better the older it gets.
Category: NBA
Comments

Since: Feb 14, 2012
Posted on: February 14, 2012 10:25 pm
 

Steve Nash doesn't know if the Suns will deal him

I guess those seemingly never-ending rumours about "Nash-ey" heading off to the Big Apple are all in the back-burner. Teams like Detroit, Minnesota (in case Rubes gets injured) and the Lakers could do with someone like him. I mean if Kupchak and the boys are willing to give no  Agent Zero a workout, then bringing in legit help in Stevie N would be more beneficial for them.
But, in the end, I firmly believe that the Suns should not trade him at all. I believe in that core unit, with a blend of veteran experience combined with youthful exuberance will bringing out the best in everyone. The Suns nearly made the Finals a couple of years ago having built a team like that, with Nash and G Hill providing the nous and presence on the floor and the locker room. Alvin Gentry won Coach of the Year honours as well, if I remember rightly. So keeping the team together, at least for the next couple of season, may just be the way to go in my opinion.



Since: Dec 7, 2011
Posted on: February 14, 2012 1:57 am
 

Steve Nash doesn't know if the Suns will deal him

that is true for every player in the league. the way most of these players act. they dont deserve any loyalty.



Since: May 28, 2007
Posted on: February 13, 2012 9:11 pm
 

Steve Nash doesn't know if the Suns will deal him

Utah, needs Nashs service. That team would be a lot better with someone to distirbuting the ball!



Since: Oct 29, 2010
Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:47 pm
 

Steve Nash doesn't know if the Suns will deal him

Are you saying this hall of famer should ride the bench when Rose isn't hurt?



Since: Feb 15, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 6:22 pm
 

Steve Nash doesn't know if the Suns will deal him

Hey Bulls Wake up take him for the reast of this year. The guy can still score. Seeing the Bulls dont have a guard who can create like him when Rose is hurt THIS is a no brainer.



Since: Jul 26, 2009
Posted on: February 13, 2012 3:58 pm
 

Steve Nash doesn't know if the Suns will deal him

Would like Portland to make a play for him as their backcourt is horrible.


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