Dwight Howard Wants Steve Nash in Orlando?
The latest mind-bending report is that Dwight Howard has made it known that he’d like to team up with Steve Nash in Orlando. Wait, what?! Hoopsworld has the details: “The 38-year-old point guard is in the final year of his contract and plenty of teams will be placing calls to the Phoenix Suns in the days leading up to March 15. The Orlando Magic has made offers for Nash in the past and sources close to the situation say that they’ll attempt to acquire the 16-year veteran in the next two weeks. Dwight Howard has asked the front office to pursue Nash and sources close to Howard believe he won’t exercise his early termination option if the team is able to acquire Nash and re-sign him this summer. By opting in to the final year of his contract, Howard would make $19,261,200 next season and have more time to decide what his future holds. It could also lead to new potential suitors for Howard since teams would have another year to clear cap space. He would then become part of the 2013 free agent class, which includes many players that Howard has expressed interest in teaming up with such as Chris Paul, Monta Ellis, Andre Iguodala and Josh Smith. Not to mention, it would give Howard the opportunity to compete for a championship, playing alongside one of the greatest point guards of all-time. While Orlando would love to acquire Nash, it won’t be easy. Phoenix loves Nash and was hoping to re-sign him to a two-year deal this summer. Their policy has always been that they wouldn’t deal Nash, unless he asked for a trade. That’s not Nash’s style and he’s not ready to turn on his teammates, fans or close friends within the organization. ‘There’s no uncertainty about my future for me,’ Nash said. ‘I’m a Phoenix Sun, I want to finish the season with the Phoenix Suns. I want to see how good we can be and fight for my teammates and fight for my fans. That’s all I consider. I just try to get up every day and work hard so I can play at a high level and help my team. After that, I’m not really concerned with anything.’ Nash would understand if the Suns decide to move him and start the rebuilding process, but he’s not going to push for a trade. He wants to honor the contract that he signed with the Suns.”