Thursday, May 21st, 2009 at 12:00 pm  |  39 responses

Steve Nash Wants a Raise

Hey, the man’s gotta put food on the table: “If it is possible to be underpaid while making seven figures, there was an argument that Steve Nash was underpaid when the Suns guard won NBA Most Valuable Player awards in 2005 and 2006. The meter may move the other way for many after Nash’s agent, Bill Duffy, requested what any agent does after a player served his contract well: more money for his client. With Nash at 35 years of age as he enters a 2009-10 season that will pay him $13,125,000, there are some in NBA circles who believe a raise is an out-of-whack expectation considering his age. If Nash were to pass on a two-year extension with the Suns this summer and play out his contract into 2010 free agency, he would be a 36-year-old point guard entering an NBA market with teams that usually invest long-term in young players when they have rare salary-cap space.”

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  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    I think Nash wants a raise from the SUNS. If they don’t want him to leave and chase a ring, they better offer big, big money.
    But I’m a huge Nash defender, and I could just be covering for Nash being an arrogent prick.

  • riggs

    if he wants a good team again? take another pay cut homie.

  • niQ

    if he can average 17 and 10. then it’s worth it.

  • breeze

    i agree with niq..17 and 10 thats good production…but he almost and artifact

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    jukai is more of a nash defender than steve is a defender.

  • James aka…

    Give him the money if and only if it’s going to that hospital in paraguay a la Mutumbo (I think it’s paraguay).

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    nash wants a raise, and i want vida guerra but neither has any real chance at happening.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    It’s 2009, Steve. And I know you read the papers. Tell your agent to stop making you look like a greedy bastard when hundred of thousands—if not millions—of people are out of work.

  • http://where-basketball-b-longs.blogspot.com B. Long

    Everything Russ said.

  • http://www.hoopsmanifesto.blogspot.com Jeff Fox

    You don’t pay for past performance, you pay for future performance. Most GMs don’t seem to realize this though and get themselves stuck with aging, broken down veterans with monster contracts. I’m a big Nash fan (being Canadian it comes naturally) but his best days are behind him.

  • rav

    seeing as he was massively underpaid between 2004-2007 its not totally outrageous that he wants a raise (especially when you consider that stephon marbury has earnt $60m more from the nba in his career than nash you could see his point) – either that or he knows sarver wont give him a deal like that so it’ll make it easier for him to go to toronto or new york in 2010 as the fans will blame sarver for being cheap (again) and ruining the teams chance of winning and wont hold any grudges against nash

  • http://slam warr

    i give him a raise when he starts playing defensive… its impossible to win a championship with a startin point guard that cant keep anybody in front of him

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    The salary cap is going down and he’s going to be 36 when his current deal is up. If the Suns want to write him a thank-you check for $20m (ha!), that’s fine, but the days of on-the-hill guys getting huge deals to make up for past “injustices” (see: Wallace, Ben) are LONG gone. Welcome to midlevelville, Steve-O.

  • Peter

    Michael Jordan was the ultimate in ‘paid for past performance/injustices’. In 97-98 his salary jumped from 3.8M to 30M…although he did deliver some pretty good performance after that too. Some raise though.

  • thesubwayconnection

    I think the headline should be “Bill Duffy wants a raise” – because Steve is a huge client, he’s worth lots of money, but hey, he wants a ring, too – right?

  • http://effyou@heythere.com Allenp

    Jordan made like $20 million, $20 million and $30 million his last three years. They also three-peated. I’d say the Bulls got their money’s worth.
    As far as Nash, there will be no backlash for this…
    We all know why.

  • thegfunk

    Nash ain’t playing all star ball no more how can dude expect a raise? greed man, greed

  • David

    I think its his way of saying goodbye to the Suns. “If you want me to keep playing on this sinking ship, you better pay me lots.”

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    Nash is going to be Jesse Dunn. A no shoe traveling mythical wonder hippie when he’s done. Sounds like Bill Duffy wants more money. What is Nash going to do with more money anyway? Finance a 100 indie films? Buy other people a buncha Prius’?

  • zabba

    Jordan got $37 mil in his last year with the bulls. He got them a chip.
    Nash will be the same age and he couldn’t get them into the playoffs.

  • http://jakeandamir.com tealish

    lol@ Steve Nash.

  • http://slamonline.com James the balla

    i wuld defintly giv nasshty Nash a rayze. I lyk him ‘cuz i’z a h0mooo.

  • http://slamonline.com James the balla’s father

    Son, stop this nonsense!

  • that dude

    Can’t picture Nash asking for a raise, he seems pretty level-headed and intelligent. I’d say it’s bill duffy’s doing. Agents are sh*t people.

  • http://slamonline.com Russ Bengtson

    I thought I WAS backlashing. But I guess that doesn’t count.

  • http://slamonline.com James the balla

    Jus kiddngg, thet wssn’t mi father, thet waszz jus me jokin aarownd! foolllued u giuyz!

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Hmm.. I think Nash should be worth a raise. He’s a great embassador for this team and realistically, this past season was a blip statistically and you can expect the suns to be very competitive next season with Nash leading the way. They got an ideal coach, they’ll get some good picks in the draft (3 this year) and STAT wants to stuff the ball all the way to an ALL NBA 1st TEAM selection next year.
    Plus all the money he’s saved the organisation for getting the SUNS to ‘go green’ makes it relevant to ask.

  • chintao

    Ooooh. Allenp took it there, and he’s right. I don’t like Nash’s game, but I can’t begrudge him (or his agent) asking for more loot. The owners make ’nuff cake, so there’s nothing wrong with each and every player asking for as big a slice as he can possibly get. Besides, while Allenp will correctly point-out that Nash’s philanthropy is over-reported, the guy does seem to make a genuine effort to spend his money in ways that will make things better for others.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    Nash will probably start up green companies that too profit like other businesses, thus expanding his starting point salary bank (sorry agent). And reinvest those profits in other people, Mutumbo (Congo, not Paraguay right? sorry Paraguay) style.
    LeBron wants to be a Billionaire like the Oprah/Gates/etc. crew (Or I guess, like Pharrel and his T-shirts), Nash just wants to one day give away billions like they do.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    right. so an entertainer gets a raise while cities are cutting their police/fire/education budgets? that’s so anti-nash it’s not even funny.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mansonovic Mansonovic

    The funniest thinga bout all of this? The fact that anyone is taking this as gospel, when the article itself contains not a single quote.

  • http://www.twitter.com/mansonovic Mansonovic

    thing about even. Damn typing fingers…

  • http://sfdjilf.com Jukai

    Blinguo: I want money to invest in hospitals in paraguay and to go green. I still got to be WORTH that money. Nash isn’t. So, you know, enough.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    The way people go OUT OF THEIR WAY to justify anything and everything that Nash could do makes me want to be a hater even though I love the dude, being a Canuck and all.

  • http://effyou@heythere.com Allenp

    Doesn’t it though?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Blinguo

    Juks, I said his current salaries paid in his bank accounts are more than enough for him to profit off of, even in philanthropy. I never said he deserves more money just bcuz he can spend it right, hence the 1st post I made about Nash not needing more money.
    This is the ultimate teammate – green press hippie dude who takes the paycut to stay around with better teammates. But that’s not money for Shaq. Sorry Shaq.

  • Coney Islander

    Come to NYC baby! I’ll take a LeBron and Nash backcourt for a year or two! lol

  • chintao

    @ albie1kenobi ==> Nash is a humanitarian, not a populist.

  • chintao

    I can’t believe that I am defending Mr. “There’s no ‘D’ in Steve Nash”. I feel dirty. I’ma go shower now.