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Report: Suns want to re-sign Nash, not trade him

Posted on: February 29, 2012 3:16 pm
Edited on: February 29, 2012 3:16 pm
 
Nash hasn't and won't request a trade from the Suns. (Getty Images)
Posted by Royce Young

By every account, whether it's NBA insiders, the Suns or Steve Nash himself, the ageless Phoenix point guard isn't getting traded.

Question is, why? He's 38 years old, the Suns aren't going anywhere in the near future and you'd think Nash would want a shot at chasing a title somewhere. Here's a surprising reason via ESPN.com -- because the Suns would actually like to re-sign Nash.
Because Suns owner Robert Sarver, according to sources close to the situation, continues to hold out hope that he can convince Nash to re-sign this summer for at least two seasons.

[...]

Sarver, though, is apparently determined to try to convince Nash to retire in the desert. The thinking there, sources say, is that the Suns believe they'd have a better core going forward with a re-upped Nash, center Marcin Gortat, cap space and a top pick in the well-regarded 2012 draft than with the sort of assets they could bring back now in a deadline deal for a 38-year-old point guard who, even as he continues to play at an All-Star level, is just a few months away from free agency.
The second question is, why would Nash re-sign with the Suns though? Loyalty is one thing, but unless something drastic changes within that organization, the Suns aren't going to be resurfacing as a Western contender soon. Nash would be an unrestricted free agent this summer and with teams like the Knicks and probably Mavericks ready to come calling, two teams with contending capabilities, it would make sense that Nash leave Phoenix.

But just because the Suns would like to re-sign Nash doesn't mean it won't eventually make sense to deal him. His value is certainly as high as it'll ever be right now and there would likely be a few teams ready to step up. One being the Portland Trail Blazers who according to the report "has been interested in Nash for a while."

The Suns reportedly aren't getting big-time offers for Nash though, presumably because of his advanced age. Still, you can't deny his production which has been at an incredibly efficient level. Nash is too much of a class act to demand a trade, but you know he doesn't want to spend the twilight of his career plodding along on a mediocre team. He wants to chase a title. It might just a matter of who that will be with.
Category: NBA
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Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: March 1, 2012 1:45 pm
 

Report: Suns want to re-sign Nash, not trade him

Nash's actions make all these guys who win a championship as a veteran making the minimum a joke. Their contribution is minimal, they never really got it done when they were carrying the load. Then they sit on the bench and raise the trophy, cry and tears come to their eyes. They finally accomplished their dream! Actually they simply manipulated a flawed system that lets them pick their team.

With a crown or without, Nash will leave behind a much greater impact on the game and the league.



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: February 29, 2012 10:06 pm
 

Report: Suns want to re-sign Nash, not trade him

Any player that doesnt want to contend for a title is not really a ball player.  Nash is a class act and is not demanding a trade but I am sure he would love to go to a contender.  I wouldnt think any less of him if he went somewhere else.  I would love to see him win one before he retires.




Since: Jul 17, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 8:43 pm
 

Report: Suns want to re-sign Nash, not trade him

fabefromback : The main reason the slurs beat up on Phoenix in previous Playoff match-ups had much more to do with the REFS. that the slurs paid off. The Refs allowed the slurs to BREAK NASH's NOSE, KICK HIM IN THE BALLS and THROW HIM INTO the SCORERS TABLE, ALL OBVIOUS RULE VIOLATIONS that were OVERLOOKED by  the REFS, CLEARLY TAKING the BRIBES. That series was POSITIVELY the WORST OFFICIATED SERIES I have EVER WITNESSED in ANY SPORT at ANY LEVEL. One of those DIRTY REFS did SOME HARD TIME.



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 6:17 pm
 

Report: Suns want to re-sign Nash, not trade him

Nash could play another 4 years probably, Ive heard him talk about his diet and training regimen, they're second to none. That is why he's still going at age 38.



Since: Feb 1, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 4:51 pm
 

Report: Suns want to re-sign Nash, not trade him

Nash is a class act. Sure, most people would want to spend the last couple of playable years chasing a championship. Nash knows that his career is not going to be defined by a championship he got playing for the veteran minimum on a contender. He's content with being loyal to the city he loves, and helping to turn it around. His legacy is already set, he's a hall of famer no question, with back to back MVPs and those rack of assists he dishes.



Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 29, 2012 4:50 pm
 

Report: Suns want to re-sign Nash, not trade him

"Nash is too much of a class act to demand a trade"

Unlike most of the trash stars in the NBA.



Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 4:41 pm
 

Report: Suns want to re-sign Nash, not trade him

Credit Nash for not mailing it in though. He could probably play until age 43 or 44 or so.



Since: Apr 18, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 4:38 pm
 

Report: Suns want to re-sign Nash, not trade him

     If you haven't forgotten the Spurs heyday, was the heyday of the Suns, a few years back. Back then their gameplan was to either let/get Nash to handle the ball for the entire game in order for him to wear down, and start missing shots late in games, throwing the ball away, or simply make mental mistakes which he did on que. Credit old Popovich for developing, and using this strategy to a tee. Nash made the required mistakes late, and missed crucial shots, or simply his body broke down. The Spurs usually won going away. And now all these years later you want Nash to bring you a championship? You can use him to help, but not as a big minutes starter. The athlets in the West are too good, too fast, too big, and too physical for someone to think like that. Maybe off the bench for some fresh arm 3 balls, and something like that.



Since: May 26, 2009
Posted on: February 29, 2012 4:22 pm
 

Report: Suns want to re-sign Nash, not trade him

...but you know he doesn't want to spend the twilight of his career plodding along on a mediocre team.


And yet this is exactly what he has been doing the past two seasons. My best guess is there's something else missing here.



Since: Sep 14, 2010
Posted on: February 29, 2012 4:07 pm
 

Report: Suns want to re-sign Nash, not trade him

why the heck would steve nash resign with the suns nash is on his last legs he canot withstand another rebuilding project the suns need to face the truth thier time to compete for a champingship died years ago after the gave away amare shawn marion and jason richardson nash deserves a chance to win a championship and there are teams out there that desperately need a point guard the lakers and magic come to mind along with the hawks and trailblazers the suns need to get what they can and start the whole rebuilding projest over again.


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