The man who is one of the best Point Guards to ever play the game, the man who, despite two MVP awards and eight All-Star Game appearances, is finally doing something he has never done-blow up the headlines.
Steve Nash. Where will he suit up next year? Will he stay faithful to the Valley of the Sun? Will he make the cross-country trek to the Big Apple? Will he make “the decision” to move to South Beach? Will he cover for the injured Derrick Rose in Chi-Town?
It seems that every time I open up my web browser, I’m reading new rumors about where Nash wants to play, who will open up their wallets for him, who will entice him as a championship contender. The only thing we can do is sit and wait.
The Chicago Bulls have targeted Steve Nash as they are unsure about Derrick Rose’s healthy return next season, nor are they sure about his long term health since suffering such a horrific injury early in this year’s playoffs. The New Jersey-Brooklyn Nets have also targeted Nash, but only if they cannot seal a deal for Deron Williams.
The Portland Trailblazers have been seeking Steve Nash for years, but have not had the salary cap space. They now have that space available. Will they make a move? The Toronto Raptors would love to see Nash play north of the border. Would he feel the same?
The latest rumor to leak is that the Suns have reached an agreement with Steve Nash that if he chooses to play in a new city next year, the Suns will complete a sign-and-trade. This means that the Suns will sign Nash, more than likely giving him the contract he wants-3 years, and the salary he deserves-reports say that Nash should be expecting about $10 million a season. This sign-and-trade will eliminate salary cap issues any team would have in signing him, allowing Nash to potentially choose a new locale. Additionally, it will allow the Suns to obtain players in return, aiding Phoenix in their rebuilding process.
Free agency will begin in a few short weeks and before we know it, the NBA off-season will be in full swing. For those of us that bleed orange, our off-season will revolve around our old buddy Steve and just how different our Suns may, or may not, look next year.