Five Teams That Could Use Steve Nash
Deals that could reshape the NBA
Without Nash, the Suns go into full-on rebuilding mode, and they would get back a promising young player in any trade with Oklahoma City. The Thunder are stacked with young talent and Phoenix would potentially have their pick between James Harden and Jeff Green.
Jeff Green, like Russell Westbrook, is playing at an extremely high level. The Thunder didn’t offer him an extension, so he may not be in their future plans. With Serge Ibaka playing so well off the bench, it may make more sense to trade Green now and move Ibaka into the PF position. That would certainly help the defensive issues the Thunder have had in the early going.
James Harden has only flashed spurts of potential thus far. Between Harden and Green, Harden has higher upside, and he only needs an opportunity to prove his worth. In the run-and-gun system in Phoenix, Harden will have every chance to show off his talent.
Eric Maynor would likely fill-in as backup point guard. Goran Dragic is ready to break out and Maynor should be able to compliment him well. Maynor may even be the long-term answer at the point for Phoenix.
A move for Nash would seem counter-intuitive with what the Thunder organization has done in the past few years, but it makes their dream of winning a title, sooner rather than later, a closer reality.
Get: Steve Nash, Hedo Turkoglu
At first glance, picturing Nash on the Bobcats doesn’t exactly inspire a lot of confidence.
However, Charlotte has a roster fairly reminiscent of an older Suns team. Gerald Wallace takes the place of Shawn Marion, Tyrus Thomas has the athletic ability to match Amar’e Stoudemire and Stephen Jackson is a hybrid of Joe Johnson and Raja Bell.
Charlotte may not be a title favorite with this roster, but they would certainly be a dangerous team to contend with.
The Suns get back a promising young guard in D.J. Augustin, and while Gerald Henderson may be a project, he still has some upside.
With Phoenix looking for some financial relief, Nazr Mohammed has a nice expiring contract and Diaw’s contract is far easier to swallow when compared to Turkoglu.
Boris Diaw could also replicate some of his more successful years back in a free-flowing, uptempo offense. Diaw’s play-making abilities would also help to relieve the burden off the young point guards on the roster.
Both Larry Brown and Steve Nash would have to make adjustments, but there’s no reason to think that they wouldn’t be able to work together to bring some success to Charlotte.
Get: Steve Nash
Raymond Felton is quietly off to the best start of his career. As he develops better chemistry with his teammates, he should only improve. Even so, the Knicks are, at best, a 7th or 8th seed in the Eastern Conference.
New York would turn into the Phoenix Suns of the East if Nash were to be reunited with D’Antoni and Amar’e. The experiment didn’t work before (two Western Conference Finals, but no championship), but the X-Factor in making it work now would be bringing Carmelo Anthony into the mix.
Even the thought of prying Steve Nash away would be contingent on the Knicks’ ability to land Carmelo Anthony via trade or free agency next summer. If a trade for Nash hurts their chances in the ‘Melo sweepstakes, than it simply is not worth the risk.
Steve should have no issues adapting to his new teammates in New York as he can run D’Antoni’s offense to near perfection. He already has an incredibly strong bond with Amar’e Stoudemire, and they should have no problems wreaking havoc in the East.
Nash is one of the rare players that can elevate the play of all the players around him. The Knicks could really use a kick-start and who better to do it than Steve Nash.
New York would sorely miss Felton’s defensive abilities at the point, but Toney Douglas is capable of filling that void and the offensive boost should more than make up for the defensive dearth.
Wilson Chandler is having a breakout year and the Knicks appear to be focused on trying to get Carmelo first, and extending Chandler only if they’re unable to attain Anthony.
If the Suns aren’t in love with the idea of getting Chandler, they can have their pick between Danilo Gallinari and Anthony Randolph.
Gallinari would make a seamless transition over to Phoenix and the Suns organization seems to covet Anthony Randolph. After all, the Suns did almost trade for Randolph in a package deal for Amar’e Stoudemire.
Most Knicks’ fans (myself included) don’t like the idea of trading away Raymond Felton in a deal for Steve Nash, but it may be the solution to the New York’s woes. While only a short-term solution, Amar’e isn’t getting any younger and it won’t be long before he’s on a serious decline. Nash also makes New York a much more attractive destination for upcoming free agents (i.e. Carmelo Anthony).