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Report: Suns “on the fence” about trading Steve Nash

Jan 4, 2011, 11:21 AM EDT

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Just a few weeks ago, Suns owner Robert Sarver was saying emphatically that Steve Nash would not be traded.

But since then the Suns have struggled — 3-7 in their last 10 — and however they try to spin it the recent trade with Orlando was not going to make the Suns better right now. Rather, it seems to have hurt their playoff chances. It was not about shoring up the defense in the paint (something Marcin Gortat has not really done yet anyway) but about saving money.

So long as that is the case, and so long as they have a still very good but now age 36 Steve Nash in the fold, there will be trade speculation and talk.

Even the Suns are not sure what to do and are “on the fence” about whether or not to trade Nash, according to Sam Amick at FanHouse.

It’s a no win situation for the Suns. Trade Nash — who is an ingrained part of the Phoenix community and much beloved — and you will anger the fan base.

However, if you are serious about rebuilding — and you should be because the championship window with this Nash-led roster is closed — then trading Nash is the fastest way to turn things around. There would be a lot of interest and quality offers to come your way if he were available. The Knicks would be the loudest but, like with Carmelo Anthony, there likely would be better offers from teams with better young players and more picks.

Nash will say nothing and keep plugging along, playing well. It’s who he is and what he does.

It’s not an easy choice. Sarver may have sounded sure a few weeks ago, but a few weeks from now it would not be a shock to see a totally different game plan.

  1. hnirobert3 - Jan 4, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    Free Steve Nash

  2. sbs0311 - Jan 4, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Aside from the fact that the Knicks don’t need a point guard right now, please tell me who is offering better young players than the Knicks can right now. Look at some of their players 23 and younger.

    This entire “Knicks have no assets” mantra is the biggest myth going around the NBA right now.

  3. jimsjam33 - Jan 4, 2011 at 5:02 PM

    The Clippers better jump in and take a chance that Nash will report to Los Angeles . The reason ? Blake Griffin needs a veteran playing beside him who knows how to win and play in the NBA . The Clippers need a mentor for Griffin and who better than Nash . Just ask Amare Stoudamire . The Clippers just might be the most exciting team in L.A. right now , but they they need veteran help. C’mon Sterling go for the gusto.

  4. leearmon - Jan 5, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    I 100% agree with sbs0311. For too long i’ve heard how New York has no “young talent” or “young assets” . There is not another team right now who has this many young talented players under the age of 25 than New York. Not to mention the other teams who you may be considering would not trade most of their young core. Gallo, Chandler, Landry are the three in particular im looking at. but they are our 3rd, 4th and 5th best players. Sure OKC has a ton of young talent, but KD and Westbrook aren’t tradeable. So do the Clips, but do you think Blake is going anywhere? And I’d much rather have Gallo than the shorter Gordon. The fact that NYK’s young talents aren’t even their best two players is astonishing, but yet, no one covets them? C’mon Son! If Minnesota and Portland are thinking about giving up 1st rounders for Randolph, what do you imagine the market value for Gallo ill-Will and Landry are?

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