Saturday, February 18th, 2012 at 12:12 pm  |  40 responses

Steve Nash Won’t Request Trade From Suns

Steve Nash knows he’s not playing for a contender. But, at 37 and still without a ring, Nash tells ESPN.com, that he’s not about to dip. For Nash, it’s always been about loyalty: “‘I’m not oblivious to [the chance of] playing on a contender,’ Nash said. ‘But at the same time, especially in the position I’m in right now, I feel a sense of loyalty to my team. To go and ask for a trade, it’s not like I’m going to say, ‘Trade me to…’’ [...] ‘Everyone wants to be on a contender,’ Nash said. ‘It’s cyclical. Right now we’re not contending. We’re just trying to fight for an eighth spot. I just feel like I owe it to my teammates [to stay]. I like these guys a lot. I want to fight for them and see how good we can be. If we take our lumps, we take our lumps.’”

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  • Justin

    This loyalty and work ethic is missing from most players in the league.

  • James aka…

    He’s hoping for a build up in talent withn the organization in 3-5 years, where he’ll be an over 40 point guard still averaging a double double (the only thing that seems to decline is his rebounding)

  • MrAir239

    Kudos to Steve Nash, one of the last true passing points in the league, for his loyalty to his team. That being said, I really wish he would join a contender. I really want him to get at least one ring before his career is over. Maybe joining a team that needs a point? Maybe the Heat, Magic, etc?

  • slamfan4life

    Bulls…….sickest backup ever…..<3

  • xx_JOMOMMA_xx

    Lol…… Admit it Steve you love the Arizona weather and golf … and good move not to leave this year because there is no clear cut winner now.. something will happen to miami , which leaves weak bulls or celtics maybe knicks? to get beat by okc, memphis or san antonio .. from mesa to van city ….

  • dannyb

    Nash would be perfect for the Magic. He would help Dwight be a scorer, but in the way he should be, as a finisher, not a shot creator. Plus he’d have all those shooters just salivating on the 3-point line. Nash, get your ass out of Phoenix!

  • Jay cutler

    Loyalty is overrated. You don’t think Sarver would dump him like sour milk the day he turns into Derek Fisher?

  • Mike Mihalow

    I was never a Suns or a Mav fun, but I’ve always been a Nash fan. Dude’s the anti-Lebron/Chris Paul/Carmelo. I wish more players were as loyal as he is.

  • MikeC.

    It’s a little easier for Nash to stay loyal to the Suns with his contract ending this year. He gets to be the loyal guy and get praised for it, then bounce as a FA this summer and nobody will rip him for it. For all the dudes worrying about their legacies and their brands, take notes from Nash. This is how you do it.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Thats what I was thinking @slam. Nash would be a great mentor, a former MVP PG. Maybe slide D to the 2 spot. On another note, did anyone see Nash pass the ball to Hill’s face lol.

  • http://aol.com Doggie

    I’d almost rather see the Mavericks sign Nash and Javale McGee, I feel like that could be a pretty good team.

  • 23

    @mike, how is lebron in the same sentence as melo and cp3 when it comes to loyalty?? James finished his comitment to the cavs. Melo left halfway through the season and cp3 wanted a trade. Lebron never asked for a trade. Btw cp3 had dwest and emeka who is a solid center, which is rare nowadays. And melo was surrounded with young exciting talent and one of the best coaches in the league. Lebron had to deal with a starting mo williams and anthony parker. BIG DIFFRERENCE!

  • shutup

    @RED I agree, Rose at the 2 makes sense in alot of ways, sorta like how the clippers were running Billups and Paul. Its either that or they have to find a 2 guard in the mold of Dumars to help distribute the ball and stop transition baskets. We all know once the Bulls setup in the halfcourt buckets become real scarce.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    F*ck being loyal. How about going to a team that gives you the best chance to compete for a ring? I guess dude could care less about winning a ring because the media and fans continue to give him a pass despite never making it to the finals.

  • theDankerNuggets

    this has all gone to the point where it seems like winning a championship is not that important to him, the suns said they won’t trade him unless he asks, it’s well documented that the fans would be very understanding of him leaving, he could go compete for a chip and i think everyone including Suns fans want that. the ball is in his court and he is willing to spend the last years of his career “just trying to fight for an 8th spot,” count me as one less fan that will be patting him on the back for his misguided loyalty.

  • burnt_chicken

    @ cutler: Nash says he is staying for his teammates, not the owner. I’m sure he realizes the reality of his situation, and I salute him for going down with a sinking ship. Might not be the smartest move legacy-wise, but moral-wise and friendship-wise? Unfadeable, absolutely.

  • burnt_chicken

    jtaylor: the reality is that in team sports very few players actually get to compete for a chamionship. Its inevitable that many MANY players will still be considered great–rightly so!–and never come within sniffing distance of the ring. He gets a pass because he EARNED it through a FIRST BALLOT HOF CAREER. If every player had the same shallow mentality that you seem to, then there would only be 2 or 3 teams in the league getting stacked with the rest of the league being rendered virtually pointless. How fun does that sound for most fans of the NBA?

  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    when and if steve nash actually changes his mind im pretty sure that even if he was on a other team, pho. will still respect him he gave that team his all and made everybody a better player as well

  • sparco416

    stay loyal to canada nash! come to TO for at least a year!! lol

  • T-Money

    1- why is he the anti lebron? lebon didnt force trades. 2- loyalty is also a code word for money. phx will offer him more than market value this summer. 3- nash knows already that winning rings wont define his career, hes not in that level of players that need the validation of championships. he will not lose any sleep on not winning it all. 4- he is really, really good at pr.

  • xx_JOMOMMA_xx

    nash will never go to tdot.. us real canucks in van hate toronto.. nash is from victoria.. dream on bud… colangelo couldnt draft an army… lebron is a flake… how egomaniacal can 1 man get when he has a show to tell people where he is gona work….. hows that loyalty… more like mockery..

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    Yeah shutup Rose can consistently hit the mid range & Nash can consistently feed him. Plus Rose is a good passer and can do the same not to mention how Rose can penetrate & keep a D guessing.

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    If Nash goes anywhere I feel the sleeper would be LA or Miami and the first tier choice will be Orlando or Dallas.

  • al

    @ red, I was at the Lakers last nite, they played the nash to hill in the face in slow mo on the jumbo moniters a couple times last nite…hilarious

  • http://www.nba.com Red

    LOL they had it up on Youtube before the game even ended.

  • burnt_chicken

    “us real Canucks”? you saying that with your Sedin jersey on?

  • Tim

    J Kidd`s ring defined his career, he may not put up 20 anymore but he defended the tough western conf SF`s through out the playoffs. I am positive that would have same effect on Steve Nasty`s career.

  • iverson sux!

    when spurs offered a trade to the nets, tony parker for jason kidd.. jason kidd refused to be traded bcoz of his loyalty to the nets.. but jkidd said, he regreted it after the spurs won the championship.

  • ptrain

    Why would he leave when Suns are beating the Heat in the finals this year 4-0

    Im calling it

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  • phamie

    Thanks NASH for staying. I’ve been a PHOENIX SUNS and DALLAS MAVS fans. Nash is still competing and He’s still great.

  • Andrew

    Nash shouldn’t follow the other big name stars, but it would be interesting seeing him just a bit returning to Dallas and sharing time with Jason Kidd like they used to

  • http://slamonline.com Krishan

    Anti-lebron? LBJ said the same things on the last year of his contract. Then he bolted. This may sound great for suns fans, but can we just wait till he reups with phoenix before we baptize him as anti-lebron? For all we know, when summer rolls in and he gets offered a bajillion bucks by LA/dallas/whatever, he might pull a Decision on everybody.

  • Paul H

    Stevie Is handling this In an infinitely classier way than Lebron did In Cleveland. Even tho they are two totally different situations. Nobody Is saying he wont leave, He’s just not being a ballbag, huffing and puffing and demanding a trade. In a sports world of petulant little arseholes this remains refreshing.

  • EJ

    You’d figure Vancouver hates TO, when they hate the Maple Leafs so much.

  • James aka…

    Its also worth remembering that Nash didn’t want to leave Dallas. Yes he wanted what he turned out to be worth, but he wanted to stay and Cuban wouldn’t match the offer because he believed based on medical expertise that Nash would burn out before the end of that contract. Nash is about to finish the contract after that, so it’s clear that they misjudged, and honestly Nash worked really hard to ensure he could last this long. Also, LeBron shouldn’t be discussed here as though hes some dark force in the NBA. Plenty of worse individuals exist in this world than a guy who wants to win enough to not take the money outright.

  • http://dsfklf.com Jukai

    James is right on the first point, the difference between Dallas’ offer and Phoenix’s offer was sizable.

  • James aka…

    I forgot to add (though its implied) that he wanted Cuban to match the offer. You can argue that it shows he valued money more than loyalty, but to say he was only about money, or that he is just like other players in this regard is wrong. And also the notion that he’s not team hopping for a championship showing that he’s not a competitor, just about the money is unbelievably bogus. He has vowed to play through his contract and has never used any leverage to pressure the team for anything. That’s sets him a part from a large portion of the sporting world. I would say that the number one guy for this in the leagues is Tim Duncan.

  • Justin G.

    As I (and many others) have stated MANY MANY times…a ring does NOT make or break someone’s career. How many times do we have to mention Karl Malone, Barkley, Stockton, Ewing, etc.? They will be remembered as all time greats, ring or not. Payton got his ring by chasing and it’s not like he was a big time contributor on that team. Maybe Nash at this point doesn’t feel like he needs to chase a ring. Maybe he’s content with his life in Phoenix, being around his kids (I think they still live in Phoenix?) and doesn’t feel the need to chase down a ring. When people look back at Nash’s career they aren’t going to say “Well, he never won a title”. They’re going to say he was one of the best point guards who ever lived. End of story

  • Hawkfan50

    Just because he wont ask for a trade doesn’t mean he won’t be traded anyway…