Wednesday, April 4th, 2012 at 10:45 am  |  35 responses

Steve Nash Looking to Sign a Three-Year Deal This Summer

Steve Nash, 38, will be one of the more intriguing free agents on the market this summer, and with his back feeling pretty good this season, Nash has his eyes set on inking a three-year deal. Per ESPN: “With the Phoenix Suns clinging to their playoff lives in the Western Conference, star point guard Steve Nash insists his back feels ‘the best it’s felt in a decade.’ Nash said he intends to ‘sign for three more years this summer’ and play beyond his 40th birthday when he either inks a new deal to stay with the Suns or finds a new team via free agency. Responding to a New York Post report in Tuesday’s editions which described the condition of Nash’s back as ‘bad as it has ever been,’ Nash strongly disputed such suggestions. He expressed great satisfaction with the way his health has held up through the rigors of a lockout-compacted schedule that called for 66 regular-season games in a span of about 120 days. ‘It’s been my best year physically from start to finish in a long time,’ Nash said. ‘Other than a little tweak (last week) against San Antonio, my back’s been pretty close to 100 percent.’ The Post report noted that Nash has taken more than eight shots only once in his past 10 games and pinpointed back issues as the reason why Nash’s field-goal attempts are down. Nash, though, says the overwhelming attention he gets from opposing defenses — on a team with no scorer adept at creating his own shot and no one averaging more than center Marcin Gortat’s 16.1 points per game — is the only factor keeping his shot totals in single digits. ‘Maybe I could be more aggressive looking for my shot, but every team we play traps me (frequently) or (jumps) out hard at me on the pick-and-roll,’ Nash said. ‘So my thinking is, ‘Get it out of my hands as fast as possible and it’s four on three or three on two for my teammates.’ It seems to be working. We’ve been playing a lot better (since the All-Star break). I’m not just going to be forcing up shots to improve my numbers.’”

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  • http://slamonline.com Jones

    Nash… why don’t you want to end your career with a chip? The Suns are first round fodder if they even make the playofs. Sigh.

  • Rainman

    ^ Well, Nash did say only way he’s coming bak to the Suns is if they improve the roster considerably. But even as a Nash fan i gotta say, if he’s looknig for more than 2 years, the Suns may be the only team willing to give him that contract actually.

  • Bt

    Indiana, Dallas if they don’t land d-will, Atlanta and Orlando if they find cap space are contenders that spring to mind that could use him. The question is what kind of $$$ is he looking for?

  • @boweezy24

    Agree, Hes Probably Looking For A Better Team to Play With, and Who Can Offer More Money.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    You know where Nash would be effing sick? The Thunder. Scoot Westbrook to the two, Harden at the three, Durant and Ibaka at the four and five?!? They’d avg. 130pts a game. And don’t tell me Westbrook couldn’t play the two because he basically already does.

  • Rainman

    ^ NO issue with Westbrook playing the 2…i just dont think Durant can man down the big 4′s in the L lol.

  • http://Www.achtamsterdam.nl Phil

    Hpw in the hell are the suns improving their roster. The only noteworthy free agents are: Eric Gordon and Deron Williams….and they are going to the Pacers and the Mavs. There’s nobody out there who wou
    D make the suns contenders….so….euh…now what?

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    What 4′s are we talking about, Rainman. The Power Forward spot ain’t what it used to be. He can guard Dirk.

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    You could also keep Harden coming off the bench and play Perk at the 5 or 4. Him and Ibaka could hold down the middle.

  • Bt

    ^^I agree he’d be great at the thunder. They’d be better off keeping harden as the 6th man in that scenario. The first team wouldn’t need handles or scoring with Nash, Durant and westbrook. Also having Durant seceding bigger fours in the post could tire him out and impact on his offense.

  • Rainman

    He cant guard Dirk lol. Granted Dirk isnt necessarily one of the 4′s that wud tryy and be rough with Durant and over power him, he still cant guard Dirk. Not onlyy that but trying to guard 4′s will take away from how much he has left to do what he does best, score.

    Anyways, how about Nash on the Magic?

  • Rainman

    @ Phil: well then in that case, Nash moves on. He’s said he isnt staying unless they improve a bit, and if they cant do that, u add Nash onto that list of noteworthy free agents. But there are other smaller pickups that can help the Suns, they need a better than just decent (Frye) and consistent (Something Frye is not) Power Forward to play along side Nash, and Gortat. and a SG would be nice, but they dont have to be on the level of an Eric Gordan, at all. Just someone who can get the job done.

  • bike

    Not sure I buy Nash’s statement about his back. It’s remarkable that he can even play at all with his condition but combine that with the normal 38-year old wear and tear and he’s a gamble any way you look at it.

  • james

    nash would be a great acquisition for any team however im sure he knows his days a re limited so i think he should go to a team that has a chance to win a championship we all know he deserves it so he should go to either miami possibly hooking up with howard in orlando he’d be nice in portland

  • T-Money

    there’s not a single team besides phoenix and maybe toronto that would give a 3-year contract to a 38-year old point guard with a bad back. and they wouldn’t be doing it for basketball reasons. again, nash will take the money, i’m sure.

  • RunNGun

    To the Knicks… make it happen, Dolan.

  • dma

    Nash wants 3 years and all the money he can possibly get. he’s already proved that all he really cares about is money otherwise he would stayed with the Mavs, or bounced from the Suns a couple years ago before the extension. And the Dove Cares commercials. ..

  • Bt

    Obviously money plays a part but to say it’s all he cares about is ridiculous. He left the Mavs because try emeouldnt come close to matching the suns offer in either years or dollars. He then resigned with the sums for LESS money so they had more cap space to surround him with quality players (he failed to realize cheapskate Robert Sarver would rather just picket the cash and trade draft picks for more cash). Absolutely no NBA player in his situation in 04 would have stayed at the Mavs. At 30 years old he had to take a long term deal to secure his Financial future. He was loyal to the Mavs but was forced to leave when they failed to show the sam loyalty in return.

  • BoWeezy24

    I Think Nash Would Fit With the Lakers… or No?

  • LA Huey

    dma, I’ve used Dove soap for over a decade now so I’m not going to knock the man about those commercials…but Nash will follow the money.

  • Rainman

    completely cosign BT.People need to get a grip. Lets put it into perspective here… Mark Cuban threw A LOT more money Eric Dampiers way than he was willing to throw Nash’s way…he SEVERELY undervalued by Cuban. Also about his resigning…they still had Amare that year, a new coach (Gentry) who after taking over for the last, had the team playing VERY well. And the season he resigned, they went to the CONFERENCE FINALS..ALMOST beating the Lakers (Had it not been for J-Rich failing to Box out Artest, leading him to score at the buzzer, they wuda made it…). Who would have thought kerr would quit, and they’d lose Amare? He wasnt “in it for the money” he was in it for the team. No doubt money counts, to ANYONE, but its definitely not everything for Nash. People that say he isnt loyal are funny, its not like he’d be getting any less money if he askes for a trade right? But he honored his contract, and is actually having his team OVER achieve. He’s the best passer in the league, and he’s working with a team whose best scoriing option is who? Gortat? at 16 points?

  • http://jsklff.com Jukai

    As the number 1 Nash fan here: if he is looking for a three-year deal, he isn’t looking to win a chip. Period.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Something we have known for a while though right Jukai? I mean that he cares more about his financial security then winning?

  • ClydeSays

    I’m sure he’s got another season or two in him. But three? Seems unrealistic…

  • dma

    Spin it however you want it, but at the end of the day, Nash leaving Dallas had to do with money. Facts: Mavs offered 4 years $36 million with 5th year partially guaranteed. Phoenix 6 years $63 million (if i were Nash i would have taken Suns’ deal too). we’ll see what happens this summer what he does..

  • LA Huey

    I’m glad someone was able to dig up the figures on those offers. Don’t get me wrong, there’s a big difference between $36M and $63M and I would’ve signed with Phoenix too. And at the time would you really call it “lowballing” on Cuban’s part considering Nash was hitting the age at which PGs historically decline and had a history of nagging back and hip issues?

  • Rainman

    ^ I Would.

  • Shem

    Come to Toronto. Nash Derozan either Barnes or Gilchrist with this years pick Bargnani and Jonas V, that’s a dope team. Add a nice bench with Calderon, Bayless, Kleiza, James Johnson, Ed Davis and Amir Johnson. He gets to go home, be a star on a young team that could very well make the playoffs.

  • IamYOU

    I’m expecting him to say this next season. I’m in Miami Beach!

  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Nash had just had his worst statistical year in like five years for the Mavs. And they lost in the first round. It was a fair offer.
    Nash likes money and praise.

  • Justin G.

    I wish you guys had one ounce of a clue what you’re talking about but sadly, you don’t. When he decided to stay in Phoenix, money was not the deciding factor. It was a small portion of it but he stayed in the long run mainly because of his family. He didn’t want to uproot the wife and family, they had a good life in Phoenix. How do I know this? Well, as I’ve mentioned before I had a conversation with him about it. I played with him and against him in high school and when he stayed at the hotel I work in here in Victoria we chatted. Not just me and him, but his wife too. They weren’t lying either, you can tell when people are being sincere. So ease up on this BS like you guys think you know the man

  • Mike Mihalow

    If he’s gonna play 3 more seasons, he’s gonna need to reduce his minutes.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Justin it was when he was already in Dallas that he chose Phoenix for the money. The second time he signed with Phoenix after his MVP campaign he just signed for a egregious amount of money. I don’t blame him for that because he was obviously offered it, but dude chooses money over winning. And I’ve met him, he’s a really really nice guy, doesn’t mean he doesn’t lie while seeming sincere from time to time. he did end up cheating on his wife, so i assume he’s sincerely lied to her in the past. Not judging, just saying.

  • Phamie

    Steve Nash is the BEST! Period….

  • rich

    Nash isn’t a guy who would get satisfaction in joining an all star team to win championships. He wants to run that team and make that team his own.he’ll so it as bitter sweet to take his team the phoenix suns from nothing to something and make this a championship team in his last 3 years.