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Despite rumors everywhere, Suns say Nash not being traded

Jun 22, 2011, 10:21 AM EDT

Steve Nash

It was maybe the craziest rumor of this draft… which is saying something.

Steve Nash to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the No. 2 pick was discussed, according to Marc Stein at ESPN. He went on to say in the article it was unlikely because Nash wants to go to a contender, not a 17-win team. A team that just signed Ricky Rubio, so why do they want another point guard again? But the rumor got picked up and discussed. Same with the rumors of the Knicks wanting Nash (um, yea they do).

Suns President Lon Babby tried his best to squash the increasing volume of Steve Nash rumors (as well as Marcin Gortat rumors), as reported by Paul Coro at the Arizona Republic.

“We are not trading Marcin Gortat. Period. End of sentence,” Babby said Wednesday morning. “We are not trading Steve Nash. Period. Exclamation point….”

The Suns steadfastly have said that they intend to bring Nash, 37, back for the coming season, which will be the final year of his contract. Nash continually has said that he wants to remain with the Suns and feels loyal to his contract, franchise, personnel and fans.

With Gortat and Robin Lopez, don’t be shocked if the Suns do move one big man (there is a demand for defensive centers out there). But don’t look for a Nash trade.

Do expect lots of Timberwolves rumors — they seriously have called all other 29 teams looking at deals. Everything has been discussed, even the crazy and impossible.

  1. ac0117 - Jun 22, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    If you actually read that Marc Stein article you’ll see that the wolves are interested to have Nash mentor Rubio, with Flynn being shipped off somewhere else (Knicks?)

    • Kurt Helin - Jun 22, 2011 at 11:11 AM

      You think Nash wants that?

      • ac0117 - Jun 22, 2011 at 11:35 AM

        No, he probably doesn’t. However, while the Suns say that if they were to trade him it would be to a destination that Nash prefers, they ultimately will do what is best for the Suns.

        I could see a Nash trade because this Suns team is spinning its wheels a bit, similar to Houston. Not bad, not quite good enough to contend. This is the best time to trade him – no disrespect to Pheonix but he is gone to a title contender (Heat? Knicks?) when his contract expires.

        Why not make a move to kick-start the rebuilding process? Getting local prospect Derrick Williams would be a great way to do that.

  2. Justin - Jun 22, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    The wolves have been whoring out their pick like crazy. I figured you would throw a jab about looking for a PG with Rubio just coming but they want a veteran guy to show him the ropes. The selling point would have to be Derrick Williams from Arizona because he is local. Still seems unlikely.

  3. rhetoric1 - Jun 22, 2011 at 11:49 AM

    Nash to heat would be match made in heaven for both

    • damp1015 - Jun 22, 2011 at 3:20 PM

      I don’t think it would fit, Nash is a playmaker, both Wade and James are the ball handlers, so how would that work. The Heat use their PGs as decoys in a sense, bodies running around, and needing for them to shoot if necessary like Chalmers was used.

      I am a Knicks fan, so Nash going to the Knicks excites me because of the chemistry with STAT and he knows the system But I love Billups as well so I’m lost.

      Back to Nash/Suns. As stated above in an earlier post, I think if they do indeed trade him, do it for the local and younger to try and rebuild now.

      And trade one of your big guys for something good in return to run with the likes of the Thunder, Grizzlies, Mavs, Lakers and Blazers…oh and the Nuggets who will be lethal this year unless some stupid trades are made.

    • goforthanddie - Jun 22, 2011 at 3:45 PM

      Yes, Wade and Bosh could use a third to help them.

      • damp1015 - Jun 22, 2011 at 3:51 PM

        Another Lebron hater.

  4. mnsportsfan21 - Jun 22, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    David Kahn is an idiot and as a Timberwolves fan (sad I know), I hope he doesn’t mess this draft up like I have feeling he will. Still pissed we have Darko a multiyear deal wtf

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