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Monday, February 13th, 2012 at 2:20 pm  |  59 responses

Steve Nash Unsure if the Phoenix Suns Will Trade Him


The twilight of Steve Nash’s Hall of Fame career is being wasted in Phoenix, but there’s no telling (from Steve or the Suns) if that will continue to be the case by this year’s trade deadline. SI reports: “As inspiring as Nash’s play is to the fans and the many teammates who hope they’re still playing — let alone playing well — at his age, the reality is that the Suns face a daunting crossroads in the next month. Their options? Hold on to Nash through the deadline and until the end of the season, at which time he’ll become a free agent and they’ll possibly be left with a talent pool as dry as the Arizona desert. Or, of course, listen to trade offers and be open to the idea of swapping their beloved franchise centerpiece for young talent that could speed up the rebuilding process. General manager Lon Babby has made it clear that Nash is far and away the most influential voice in this situation. If Nash says he wants out, Babby has said, then a deal will be done. If not, then he stays. Coach Alvin Gentry has even offered to be the one delivering that message should Nash decide to send it. ‘I know, as of right now, he has not said one thing to me about not wanting to be here or anything like that,’ Gentry said. ‘I know there are a lot of teams that would like for him to say [that] so they can try to get him, but unfortunately [for them] that’s not anything that we’ve had to deal with or anything that he’s even remotely said to me.’ Yet while Nash seems to be the one making the ultimate decision, even he acknowledged that he’s unsure what will happen in the immediate future. ‘I have no idea what the club will eventually do if a bunch of offers are thrown in their face,’ Nash said, ‘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.’ Gentry is right that the hope remains among rival teams. 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 said.”

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  • Ldub

    Nash has had a great career in Phx. It is time for him to move on and get a chance to win a chip. Let him go to Miami or someone that is doing really well already, but also in need of a PG, that is a contender. At 38, Nash has what 2-3 more years (depending on injuries and where he plays). He should be able to at least have a chance to contend and go out on top. That will definitely NOT happen for him or Hill in Phx. Not with the 2 LA teams, Dallas, SA, OKC, POR all in the west.

  • http://all-heat-erthing.tumblr.com/ cramzy

    Gotta respect Nash for the way he’s handled this but I would love to see him on a contender.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Who agrees with Lon Babby letting Nash decide his fate? Shouldn’t the GM look out for the team first?

  • Heals

    To me this just as annoying as the Dwight Saga. Everyone knows if Stevie wants out all he has to do is ask, if he doesn’t ask they won’t do it. Ask or keep quiet homie cause this has been the case for past 2+ years and it ain’t changing…

  • shutup

    Nash wont ask for a trade, he just not built like that. Nothing but respect for a player that does things the right way, this line right here is why I’m a Nash fan “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.’”

  • Ldub

    @nba. The Suns arent gonna win anytime soon. They have to start looking to rebuild. Sure Nash is the best PG for them but who can they surround him with to get to elite status (this year)? He is too old to rebuild around him. It would be best for the team to start over sooner than later and not try and depend on Nash to carry this team. He cant do it anymore. Even at 15ppg,10apg shooting 60%! His age unfortunately doesnt allow the time needed. Sooo move on and let Nash finish with a better team.

  • projectphantom

    The suns have no reason to keep Nash. Yes he was and still is one of the best players in the NBA and one of the best that has ever played for phoenix. They will be getting Aaron Brooks back in a few weeks and hes a young decent player. Nash is now 38 and the team is almost irrelevant. I hope he goes to a good team and wins a championship.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Send him to the Hawks I think, or to the Blazers.

  • robb

    Get him Lakers!

  • manu

    This isn’t as bad as the Dwight thing because he isn’t throwing people under the bus while listing teams he would like to play for.

  • http://www.yahoo.com The Fury

    To the Bobcats??..OK I’m just kidding..

  • Mike from Spain

    cosign shutup. Nash is great like that

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Just realized, if he doesn’t sign an extension..hell he could sign with my Bulls! Watson’s contract is almost up and the Bulls are a big time contender & personally I feel he can play the 2, let Rip come off the bench.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    oh lord, put the worst defensive PG in the NBA at SG for the best defensive team. That makes sense.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Hey even Boozer is trying on D with Thibs.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Hey even Boozer tries at D with Thibs.

  • shutup

    Honestly I feel the bulls need a defensive minded SG, ala Dumars to the Pistons Isiah. Rose is taking enough shots at the guard position they really need more production from the bigs, Deng is doing good but if he can step it up they are really tough, Boozer is inconsistent at best and Noah is (how to put it nicely) a defensive minded center, with quite possibly the ugliest free throw since Shaq and Anthony Mason.

  • swiftyk

    Yep, it’s time for Nash to move on and rebuild. Getting drafted by the Suns in 2k tells you the same thing, almost. Weird coincidence. Anyways, I bet Nash would take a pay cut to play with a any top caliber team. I think there’s a wide range of possibility.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    They already have that, in Brewer. They need to get rid of Boozer and let Gibson step up.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    shutup so I take it you have never seen Andris Biedrins shoot a free throw?

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Boozer is not as bad of a defender as people think. And Nash is worse then people think. Big difference.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    No he is, I’m a Bulls fan I’m sure you can’t tell me otherwise. And Noah has an ugly shot but he consistently makes it.

  • anynomous

    nash has had multiple opportunities to get to the finals and win a title or two. phoenix had a good stretch of 60-win seasons which did not result in any final appearances. they were clearly one of the top 3 teams in the entire league during that period and had the most valuable player for two of these years (according to final MVP votes). they couldn`t pass dallas in 2006 and san antonio the remaining time. when a team goes on a 3 to 4 year-run of 60-wins, they should at least have one final appearance to show for it. That was an opportunity that most players don`t ever have. not to mention the fact that he played for a good-to-great dallas team before even going to phoenix.

  • http://dsfklf.com Jukai

    ^^^
    Referee working for the mob, unfair decision to suspend Phoenix’s two best players, etc. etc.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    “I’m sure you can’t tell me otherwise” – How bad do you think he is? Because I’m sure I can show you facts that dispute how bad you really think he is.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Wow, must be a slow day… nbk arguing Boozer isn’t as bad a defender as people think. Carry on.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    I could careless for your facts, he’s contesting shots & making steals but his contesting is not consistent or too efficient. Again I watch every game I’ll stick to my analysis and not what you tell me.

  • shutup

    I’ve seen Andris Biedrins shoot free throws, not a pretty thing, but Noah’s just irks me for some reason maybe its the way his hands flap when he release it, it does go in though

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    lol okey dokey

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    man Biedrins FT form makes me cringe. It also consistently misses the rim. Which makes me sick.

  • http://facebook.com/tronjohnson Chief

    If steve could play d everyone would be making offers this year, however his Matador perimeter D has been well documented.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Dude got his money, now he’s gonna get his glory. I guess it’s not ring chasing or selfishness when certain people do it.
    Dude has taken big money twice in his career at the expense of seriously chasing a ring. that’s a personal choice people.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    I think him being an assist guy is the reason he wasn’t scrutinized for those decisions. Seriously.

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    why do they need to trade him anyway. His contract is up this year. They can part ways amicably.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Uhm if he stays Phx gets a pick at the end of the lottery and loses him for nothin. Unless you think they can attract two big FA’s….

  • Well DAYUM

    If he ends up on the Lakers I will die of excitement. Won’t be able to control any erections, regularly urinate and defecate on myself, and move to Los Angeles, where I will live out the rest of my life as the happiest boy in the world. :)

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    My name is Red I have a v@gina

  • shutup

    the assist thing is big but also because he so fundamentally sound and the consummate team player plus he’s really down to earth; he has an apartment in the off season in Battery Park City, downtown Manhattan, and sometimes he’ll come down and play pickup games dude is real laid back and chill. plus when he talks to the media he always seems to say the right things, never seen him angry after a tough loss, never has that air of selfishness that many sports figures have and he is always humble, despite all success he has had individually.

  • T-Money

    It doesnt make sense for PHX to trade him unless its a favor to him. Theyre better off letting him walk and creating cap space. Whats awkward now is that NY may not even want him…

  • MikeC.

    @T – Knicks will still take a run at him if Lin’s production slips. Which it will because teams will actually prepare for him now and D’Antoni will run him ragged out of necessity. I’m just not sure how NY gets Nash without sending Toney Douglas and/or Fields plus picks. Tough call to make.

  • T-Money

    fields and douglas for nash is not a tough call. at all. benching lin and playing nash going fwd is a tough call.

  • MikeC.

    I wouldn’t part with Fields. He’s steady and isn’t delusional about his skill set and role on the team. Shumpert is making Toney expendable. Nash is just too old to part with too much youth and depth. 32 yr old Nash with a potential decade of quality play? Sure, gotta roll the dice sometimes. 38 yr old Nash with a couple years in the tank? Nah. Knicks need to start thinking rationally and let the team have a chance to grow and just tinker with the depth, not overhaul the roster every 20 mins chasing name brand players. If Nash wants to come on the cheap as a FA, I’m all in. That will give the Knicks a chance to evaluate Lin over the rest of the season and decide if he can run the point full time, or if he’s just on a hot run and is better suited as a backup. I just want fellow Knick fans to have some patience. Cohesion and continuity are necessary.

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    unfortunately pheonix is at the point with nash where no matter how amazing he plays they will not be in line for a championship any time soon. i think it really depends on the roster of the team most of all to me. on paper he would be a great fit for miami but nash is a Pick n Roll kind of guy at his best. who would run it with him on miami? chris bosh maybe but that isnt his game. i think he could fit in potentially but he can do better. he needs a consistant strong finisher at the rim

  • JoeMaMa

    @Allenp: you must be kidding me. He signed for more money, yes…then promptly led the Suns to 33 more wins than the previous season with 62: best in the league. They went onto lose to the Champion, the Spurs…both that year, and the 2nd year after that. You could make a much better case for chasing dollars if his team sucked. But Phoenix seriously competed for titles up until the 2009-10 season. And what’s more, it’s believed that Dirk took a step forward when Nash left, a step that doesn’t happen if Nash was still such a presence on that team. So let’s not start saying Nash was chasing $$$ AT THE EXPENSE of titles. He was chasing dollars, as all players do, but the man wants to WIN.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    He didn’t know the team would be that good. They were projected to miss the playoffs by some ‘experts’ = chased money

  • T-Money

    quite frankly, if i’m miami, i make anyone available outside of the big 3. haslem, miller, battier, chalmers, joel, norris cole…. basically any parts of he 9-man rotation + picks for steve nash.

  • shutup

    Just maybe Steve Nash knew something about the Suns others didnt, hes a very cerebral player, some people see checkers while others are playing chess. I’m more apt to believe he made a decision based on the situation he was going into team wise, also factor in the great medical staff, instead of believing he was just chasing dollars (which he could have gotten from a lot of teams) But, I fully concede that I am a fan of his work and maybe be biased.

  • http://dsfklf.com Jukai

    T-Money: And all of them wouldn’t be enough to part with Nash. The Heat get Nash if he signs in the off-season, and that is that.
    I can see Nash signing with the Heat in the off season, I seriously can. But he ain’t gettin’ traded.
    And Steve Nash signed with the Suns for the money. And he reupped with the Suns for the money. The dude deserves a ring, but it isn’t from some loyalty nonsense.

  • JoeMaMa

    Yes, I’m a fan of Steve Nash. And NBK, the fact that you put the word experts in quotations shows me that you are as skeptical of the talking heads as I am. Nash won the MVP that year, and deserved or not, it shows that he came into Phoenix with something to prove. Chasing money, yes. And chasing titles at the exact same time. Read Jack McCallum’s book “7 seconds or less”. It paints a picture of the Suns during this period. It shows Nash to be the consummate team player and glue guy. The guy’s about winning. I haven’t heard from any player, playing with or against him, saying anything to the contrary.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Well I didn’t have them missing the playoffs I think I had them as a 6 seed. Why I said ‘experts’

  • LongtimeRapfan

    If Nash goes to LA?? Well he really isnt the LA style ball with 2 Biggs.. WTF..with that slow ass tempo? He would be an upgrade over fisher.. but nah man Lakers arnt a team that would work for Nash or vice versa.. More like Denver Nuggets.. I know it might be very hard to get him there but if Nash was with the Nuggs they would be top team to beat this year in the west along with Clips.

  • Justin G.

    Because we all know the “experts” are the commenters on SLAM

  • Justin G.

    And btw, it wasn’t just about the money when he signed with Phoenix. He also factored his family into it as well because he didn’t want to uproot them all to a new city. How do I know this? I had a conversation with him about it, among other things, when he stayed at the hotel I work at here in Victoria. Granted, he said it in front of his wife and was VERY drunk but still. lol @nbk…It sounds like you’re upset with a GM for being loyal to his player? In all the discussions over the past two years about loyalty to a franchise vs. loyalty to a player, this would be welcomed a little bit. No matter what people say, Nash has never whined about his team or contract situations, given a list of teams he’d like to be traded to or players he’d like to play with. He’s been all class, come to play hard every day and he should be commended for it. How many other players of his stature in this league, given his situation, would say “I owe it to the fans, my teammates, and my organization to come play hard every night”? I’m guessing it’s in the 2% range

  • Justin G.

    LongtimeRapfan…You really have the Clippers as more of a team to beat in the West than the Thunder?

  • BBaller

    Word Justin G, i hope Nash can compliment his 2 MVPs with a ring. A very rare and classy player and person.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    It’s a business. I don’t care about player leaving. Or teams trading guys. I understand honoring them, but I don’t think it should be to the detriment of the organization. Emotional crap should not factor into business decisions.

  • Justin G.

    This is probably a pretty unique situation though, is it not? I mean, how much are the Suns actually going to get back? Probably not much, couple young guys maybe but it’s not going to be a blockbuster trade where one superstar gets traded for another. And that’s if it happens at all. IMO, there are situations where a player should be honoured, thanked, whatever for their contributions to the team, organization and community. Larry Bird and Kevin McHale are two examples I can think of because there were apparent opportunities to trade them near the end of their careers but can you really do it? As much as I hate Paul Pierce, he’s earned the right to finish his career as a Celtic just as Nash has earned the right to stay if he wants or ask to be traded to a contender.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    It’s unique. Definitely. But trading Nash isn’t really about what you get back. It’s about rebuilding, without Nash that team won’t win a damn thing, better chances at a higher draft pick. Plus maybe you can get a prospect & pick back for Nash.

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

    Surely now you put a deal on the table to get something for Nash right? As nbk points outs this Suns team will get worse before they get better, but that could put them in a position for a great 1st round pick at some point soon? Nash, Gortat and Brown for Jennings, a pick and cash…? (PHX -MIL)

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