Friday, March 2nd, 2012 at 10:05 am  |  33 responses

Suns Owner Thinks Steve Nash Will Re-Sign in Phoenix

There are no plans to trade Steve Nash from the Suns, and the team owner seems to like the chances of Nash re-signing with Phoenix when he becomes a free agent this summer. From the AZ Republic: “There is no urgency to trade Steve Nash before the March 15 deadline. Robert Sarver said he gave his point guard lifts to and from the All-Star Game, and the private flights did not include trade scenarios. This is a dangerous strategy if Nash leaves in the summer, when most of the second-tier free agents that would be in the Suns’ grasp aren’t worth the newsprint, especially when it could mean sending Gentry into the final year of his contract without a franchise player and even less talent than he has this season. Yet Sarver said he likes his chances to re-sign Nash after the season. ‘I think those odds are probably pretty good,’ Sarver said. ‘I think he likes the organization. His family lives here. He’s had tremendous success with the organization. He’s still playing well. Listen, he’s a free agent (after the season) and has the ability to look around. But I wouldn’t rule him out continuing here.’”

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  • Rainman

    as a big Steve Nash Fan..God i hope not.

  • Bt

    Your a joke Sarver. You only want to keep him because he’s your cash cow. Maybe trading away more draft picks for cash will convince him to stay?? I hope him and grant hill walk and you don’t secure any good free agents

  • Jer Dawg

    Owner thinks Nash can play another 5 years at all star level. How about drafting an understudy that will help the team in long run? Stupid delusional Bob Sarver.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/tray24 T-Ray

    I love Nash’s loyalty thus far but c’mon man you gotta walk. They’ve done nothing to help you win. They let Joe walk traded Marion for a sub par Shaq and let Amare bounce to NY. I say get out while you can Nash no one would blame you not even Suns fans.

  • floe

    nash would fit in like a glove in miami.

  • archer

    What ” tremendous success ” is Sarver talking about..?…if the Suns organization respect him they should really just trade him to a true contender for a real chance to win a championship

  • dev0

    lol @ “fit in like a glove” ^ but seriously… #freestevenash

  • Paul H

    I really hope he doesn’t. Fly free Nashty! And don’t look now but here comes the Seed with some irrational hate.

  • zero

    go to Orlando Steve. I know many stars nowadays want to be traded but you are the one who really deserve to be traded..

  • reflections

    That organization should do Steve Nash a favor by not letting him re-sign with them, or possibly trading him in the next couple days. He’s too content with the situation there. Put him on a contender so he can start pushing himself and play for a reason. He would never just go out and say that he wants to leave, he’s too humble and loyal. They owe him that much at least.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    He also thought being a GM wasn’t that hard. Then he signed Hakim Warrick, Josh Childress, and Jared Dudley for the exact same amount of money he would have spent on Amar’e Stoudemire.
    NOBODY in Phoenix (that isn’t a member of his family) likes Robert Sarver.

  • jimmer

    He has to go. He’s had some tough breaks on the court but Sarver has really not helped Nash’s career. He is like the boxing promoter who has one genuine talent in his stable and milks him for low-grade sanctioning fees and title fights but will never gamble with his prize asset. Nash really needs to leave under his own steam. Not only does Sarver milk Nash, he has repeatedly prevented his own team from being competitive. After the disaster of 2007 Kerr had actually rebuilt a solid squad by 2010 (Marion wanted to go, 7Sec/less had its own shelf life), but then Sarver sacks Kerr for requesting a pay rise for the over-achieving coaching and management staff, and then the uninitiated, leaderless suns management somehow let their prize power-forward walk to NY for nothing, and yet NY gave up their own 20-10 pf to make room for Amare. How did that happen? How did David Lee not end up in Phoenix? Can anyone say sign and trade? A scrapper like Lee, along Gortat, Hill etc would have kept the suns competitive, (Childress, Turkogolu? Seriously?) but Sarver doesn’t value competitiveness, he wants to make money out his team. Competetiveness and success make money, but he is yet to make that connection. So the season ends in April and they lose millions. Idiot. Steven John Nash, it is your duty to leave.

  • http://nonstopsports1.blogspot.com/ LaKid

    I understand it from his point of view, the Suns fans love Steve Nash.. they aren’t going to become a good team just through trading him, so milk him for what he’s worth. It sucks for Nash because he is too loyal to ask for a trade. We called it in our blog (link in the name), even though I still fully expect his name to swirl through rumors with Orlando, LA, Miami, etc.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Jahmai

    This owner’s a d*ck, wtf, everybody knows you need to let Nashty go, give him a shot at a championship he deserves it, he’s still playing great at hise age.

  • cumguzzler

    Steve Nash for Nicolas Batum, Raymond Felton, and a first round pick. Maybe add a third team and include Grant Hill to Portland somehow? Batum is only 23 and still has some upside. In an offensive scheme like the Suns’ I can definitely see him flourishing. Felton has shown he can be a an above average point guard. If he fails to regain his form his expiring contract could be useful. It’s not great but it does give the Sun’s a nice young piece in Batum and maybe a first round pick.

  • http://dsjfkl.com Jukai

    On the downside of this, if Nash leaves, I’m going to have a lot of trouble supporting my team…

  • http://slamonline jimbo

    If you really want to make money, win games. Keeping Nash only hurts him and the suns because when he leaves/retires you get nothing in return.

  • Shem

    Raptors have had much less success than Phoenix this past decade. Suck it up and support your team no matter how good or how bad.

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Nash couldn’t lead with good players in Phx, how can he lead with this team. Trade him and gets some picks or young talent, because he is not worth it. BOOK IT!!

  • Justin G.

    ^^^^^There it is Paul H

  • Jimbo

    The Seed, how on earth did Nash not lead with good players or this team? With Amare and Marion they won 50+ games the moment he got in Phoenix and went to the playoffs each time. With last year’s team, he took them to the conference finals. He leads the league in assists, he is the first one in the gym and the last one out (and he is 38). Nash is a leader if there ever was one.

  • JRSD

    Robert Sarver is the 2nd worst owner in the NBA behind only Donald T. Sterling. Both guys are notorious cheapskates and only care about putting together a team that’s a little competitive to sell tickets. They don’t care about trying to win a championship.Sarver is just lucky that Steve Nash is a loyal guy who’s probably going to sign a 2 year extension to finish out his career in Phoenix.I compare Nash very much to John Stockton on regards to how both guys stuck out it one team for a long time and didn’t chase a ring.Nash I know played for the Mavs for a few year but it wasn’t his choice since he got traded there.

  • Jimbo

    I meant two year’s ago’s team. My bad.

  • Yesse

    He must be high.

    Nash has been loyal to Phoenix, but he should really go to Lakers or Heat.

  • anynomous

    @yesse yeh, sure nash should go to the heat because a defensive-minded team definitely needs one of the worst defenders at his position. He would be a total liable on defense every night and I definitely wouldnt start nash ahead of a “scrappy” chalmers. chalmers style of play fits their mode.

  • Rainman

    ^ They went out there with Mike Bibby once upon a time, did they not? lol

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    i LOVE steve nash. i was ok with his current contract and re-signing a few years ago, but now i think it’s time to go.

  • anynomous

    @rainman and they loss. did they not?

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

    I don’t mind if Nash walks…. just more NASH jerseys for me to collect. You go and I follow Steve.

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

    Robert Sarver sleeps well every night knowing the Suns top calibre players have walked in the past and the PHX organisation still has sucessful backing by their fan base… Robert Sarver won’t mind if Nash stays or walks… thats the problem.

  • toinefan88

    Love to see him in NY or Boston.

  • Phamie

    Oh c’mon sarver, NASH still in the league for atleast 3-5 season and we would like to see NASH win his first championship ring.

  • Your dad

    I really hope Nash leaves. He is aging and is close to retiring and he defiantly needs a ring. I hope he signs with Orlando this summer because Dwight is thinking of leaving because he is going nowhere with them. Dwight and Nash can be the best duo in the league. The magic need a true point and this guy is the real deal. FREE NASH