Monday, July 20th, 2009 at 1:07 pm  |  29 responses

RT: Report: Steve Nash, Extended

The Suns are reportedly going to lock up their point guard for two more years, and he’ll be Tweeting all about it: “After receiving an improved offer last week and taking a few more days to deliberate, two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Steve Nash notified the Phoenix Suns over the weekend that he is accepting the Suns’ two-year extension offer worth an estimated $22 million, according to team sources. Sources told ESPN.com that Nash is expected to formally announce his decision via his Twitter feed later Monday.”

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  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Bad move steven.

  • http://allanzuss@yahoo.com Mendel

    Great move money wise. Get it while you can. But as far as being a winner, well those plans can be shelved for the next two years.

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    Why don’t you want a championship, Nash?

  • http://www.twitter.com/Th3_R3al_Chris Young Chris MP3

    $11 mil a year? So much for the Suns wanting to not overpay anyone.

  • alfred

    go to where you can get a championship .

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

    This is really a surprise to me. I didn’t think either parties would be still intersted in each other.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Exactly my sentiments, Jeff. The Suns are overpaying for an aging pg that will stun the youngster’s development in a rebuilding process and Steve is not going to win a ring ever. They should give a try to Barbosa at the 1. I know he’s nothing close to a pure point but in this NBA, the pg doesn’t have to be the creator for others (eg. Nelson, Mo Williams, D-Fish, Chalmers). As long as you can bring it up and defend the other 1, you’re good to go if you have a wing that can create. G Hill is that wing.

  • Josh D

    They’re using Twitter instead of press conferences now?

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Steve Nash and Jason Kidd: good friends off the court, two of the greatest passers in NBA history on it. And, in 2011-12, poised to be amongst the worst defensive point guards ever.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Nash is already on that list. Kidd is even harder to watch because he used to be a lockdown defender at the 1 and the 2.

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

    its still hard to believe kidd didnt get one mvp for all he did, two finals appearances, etc. yet, steve, barely been to the conf finals has two. and we all know they are bs. if kidd was on those suns and not steve, they would have had at least one chip. kidd would have killed to have, joe johnson, matrix, amare, leandro, etc.

  • vmcb

    Free Steve Nash.

  • http://slamonline Negetivekreep

    They paid him too much to be future trade bait.
    Damn, i was starting to imagine an old but still efficient passing Nash taking over for a retired D-fish in 2011.

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Q.Rich just got traded for 3 people. Telfair, Craig Smith, and Mark Madsen.. but, of course, nobody cares..

  • Nick Adams

    good to go where you will be happy – I just thought that would be T.O or NYC.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Todd Spehr

    The fact he commands $22 mill at this age tells you about what Nash has done to stay at a top level. Plus, if Kerr let Nash leave PHX then I’m quite certain someone would then commit a double-homicide on Kerr and Sarver. Quite certain.

  • http://slamonline Blaze

    Suns as a franchise are usually pretty good, like the lakers. Ive been watching this game a long time and dont remember either team being terrible. Even post Magic, when the Lakers were guys like Divac,Eddie Jones, Van Exal, and Anthony Peeler. Point being Suns should bounce back from last years semi-bad season. I think their just a guy or two away from being contenders again. Maybe a small forward, and another 2 guard.

  • The Trau

    Not sure why everyone is so surprised, Nash has been underpayed since they got him from Dallas. What other two time MVP was earning a paltry $10M? Besides he kind of deserves it doesn’t he? Face of the franchise and all.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    Todd, nobody else was gonna give 11 mil to Steve. For better or worse, the whole city of PHX would have burned down Kerr’s house if he hadn’t re-upped Steve.

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

    Todd Spehr Posted: Jul.20 at 8:08 pm
    The fact he commands $22 mill at this age tells you about what Nash has done to stay at a top level. Plus, if Kerr let Nash leave PHX then I’m quite certain someone would then commit a double-homicide on Kerr and Sarver. Quite certain.
    Kerr should never have been hired. D’Antoni should not have been ‘let go’…
    I’m glad Nash got something good for his troubles – but everyone knows that getting well paid at a job you don’t really like soon gets bad fast….
    If they can win games and the tandom of Nash and Amare becomes 2009′s version of Stockton and Malone I won’t be too upset. But for any real chance this team will need to be about 15-17 games over .500 this season.
    Nash is going to be amongst the top 5 PG’s in the league this season and if the Suns can resume their hectic pace I think they’ll be good. Barbosa needs to prove he can start for 82 games, getting back to his 17-18ppg level from a few years ago. G Hill needs to become the 6th man of the year (is he back on board yet? I heard there have been offers…) with Earl Clark stepping in and being reliable quickly. Robin Lopez starting has me a little worried….(he got slower as the season wore on last year) but Dragic looks ready to out run everyone on the roster this year and thats excellent. I would be a whole lot more comfortable if Ben Wallace wasn’t bought out, I was sure the suns medical staff could have fixed that man up.

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

    The one thing I think every Suns fan is struggling with is having to try and NOT live with the recent past in mind. Particularly with a quality team pulled apart with a few decent years still in the tank (the whole notion of pulling the trigger on a bevy of trades just because your fearing the ‘inevitable’, years down the way always makes me feel cheated for the teams sake) and during a situation where the formula was working – the trials and tribulations of the playoffs was amazing for Nash and the rest of the team and I was sure it was still building to greatness…now well. We are looking at the beginnings of a possible ‘cellar dweller’ for the next 5 years.
    For Shame.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Todd Spehr

    The thing is Dacre, Kerr committed to a certain style that he wanted to build – he traded for Shaq, hired Porter, etc – then went back on it when it didn’t work, and put it down to Sarver’s penny-pinching. Because of that mess, he has no Diaw at the 4, no defense at the 2-guard (both of which they really need now)… and he canned Porter in favor of a guy (Gentry) that has worn an “interim” tag three times. Nice going.

  • Fernando S

    damn, what a shame…. oh im talking about all the HATERS!!! dont hate

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Suns do not want to win, if they couldn’t win with Marion, Bell, Barbosa, Amare and others with Nash leading, then why do they think they can win now. Should have traded Nash to Knicks for Chandler and Duhon or for Kirk Hinich. Suns do not want to win with this line up.

  • https://slamonline.com Allenp

    Are people surprised that Steve Nash decided to take the money and that the Suns concentrated on filling the stands instead of winning?
    Well y’all havent’ been paying attention then.
    I expect Nash to begin whining about the team pretty quickly into the season though and trying to force the trade. We’ll see if that’s received the same way his blatant money grab has been received.

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

    Todd Spehr – Your comments actually confirm why I (amongst every other member of ‘planet orange’) am so T’Oed with Steve Kerr. Steve Kerr’s version of “committing to a certain style of play” involved tearing apart at the seams one of the tightest knit frameworks in professional sports, as seen by the friendship/team ethic between D’Antoni/Nash/Diaw/Bell/Amare with the only recognisable gripe coming from Marion through the years, but even he worked hard every night on the floor. Kerr brought in a ‘larger than life personality’ in Shaq and he alienated young workers like Louis, Goran and Alando Tucker. Don’t get me wrong – Shaq and Hill on the Suns with Nash and Amare was like my fantasy team come true. But it destroyed the fabric of the teams direction – so the result we have now is basically a free-fall plunge as this team scraps for an identity and purpose.
    Perhaps you don’t think the Suns are my favourite team. Well they are. Far and away moreso than any of my 2nd favourites (which are on constant rotation) – But Steve Kerr has pulled the trigger on one too many ill equiped business transactions and needs to do ALOT to rectify this situation.
    Nash, Barbosa, Hill and Amare will do their part – guarantee that. I’ve always believed that players/coaches generate the direction that ball clubs head in, if not every sporting code – why Kerr thinks he’s in the drivers seat is beyond me.

  • http://slamonline Blaze

    Like I said before, they just need another guy or two. @ the seed- had the suns team that you mentioned stayed together, the could have won. Remember, Amare missed almost an entire season, another year or two together I believe they could have been serious contenders. The speedy offense they had worked extremely well. If Jason Richardson bounces back from a “ok” year, and they sign a 3 and move Hill to the bench. Plus they have 2 centers whose brothers are pretty good.

  • http://slamonline Blaze

    Griffen and Lopez, in case anyone thought I was talking about Amare.

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

    This is the thing, Kerr settles for the younger and less-talented brothers of other decent players…I’m surprised we don’t have Harvey Grant on the staff along with “all-brothers list invitee’s” Brent Price, Gerald Wilkins and friggen Shandon Anderson.