Report: Knicks to Target Steve Nash in the Offseason

by January 18, 2012
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We’re all painfully aware of the New York Knicks’ epic struggles at the point guard spot, and with Steve Nash’s Phoenix Suns making their annual pilgrimage to MSG tonight, it’s only natural that the Nash-to-the-Knicks rumors make their return. From the NY Post: “Because point guards Toney Douglas and Iman Shumpert ineffective and inconsistent, respectively, Baron Davis’ return can’t come soon enough. Stoudemire is adjusting to playing power forward and seeing his pick-and-rolls called for Tyson Chandler, something D’Antoni said he believes Stoudemire can work through. ‘I’ve been a screen-and-roll guy, getting baskets my whole career, so it’s a little bit different now,’ said Stoudemire, citing rust because of recovering from his back woes. ‘But it’s very early and the lockout plays a big factor. It just takes time for me to get back into a rhythm.’ The Knicks just need to look at the other bench tonight to see what their offense is supposed to look like. Nash, who ran D’Antoni’s system to perfection, was averaging an NBA-high 10.1 assists before last night’s 118-97 loss to the Bulls, even though he will turn 38 next month. That’s why The Post has reported the Knicks plan to target Nash (along with Jameer Nelson and Raymond Felton) with this summer’s $5 million mid-level exception. ‘You’ve got a guy by the name of Steve Nash who’s orchestrating the offense,’ Stoudemire said. ‘Things seem to run a little smoother when he’s got control of the ball. But we’ll get there.’”