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Steve Nash will definitely stay in Phoenix, unless he doesn’t

Jun 22, 2011, 5:41 PM EDT

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Here’s the full report, from The Arizona Republic’s Paul Coro:

It was appropriate that Steve Nash had to reiterate his stance on his Suns commitment on the same day his team president, Lon Babby, needed to reiterate the franchise’s commitment to him.

Babby again stated that the Suns will not be trading Nash, nor have they initiated talks with other teams about such a deal. Meanwhile, Nash was having a “global chat” of a press conference in advance of his charity soccer game in New York today when he received a question about whether he would want to play for Toronto.

“This is a tough question for me,” Nash said. “When you’re in a situation (where) you’ve given a lot of you career to one franchise, you feel at home there. I feel a loyalty to my team, our community in Phoenix. I want us to try to get back and try to compete for a championship like we did two seasons ago so that’s kind of all I think about. So I don’t plan on leaving but obviously if the opportunity were ever there, where Phoenix were rebuilding or whatever happens, Toronto would be an amazing place to play. It’s a great city. It’d be at home in Canada. To be a part of their, hopefully, future success would be great but I don’t really have any plans other than try to get our team back in theplayoffs and contend for a championship.”

It sounds from those comments like Nash would definitely like to stay in Phoenix, but would be open to a change of scenery if the Suns can’t become contenders again and the opportunity to play for a contending team presents itself. The 37-year old Nash continued to hold off Father Time last season, averaging 14.7 points on 49%/39.5%/91% shooting and a league-leading 11.4 assists, but the Suns finished with a 40-42 record and missed the playoffs.

  1. jebdamone - Jun 22, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    they were talking about the pups trading two for nash. no thanks, but if he can be had for the 20th pick and expendables, id take it. i cant imagine a player better to mentor rubio for a couple years. very much doubt nash would want to come to MN though.

  2. zblott - Jun 22, 2011 at 8:01 PM

    Video and comments from Nash’s drafting in 1996, plus other famous players:

    http://www.behindthebasket.com/btb/2011/6/22/observations-from-some-famous-draft-picks.html

  3. downtowndanny - Jun 23, 2011 at 12:11 AM

    Steve lives in NY during the off season, and has ties to a couple of people that play/coach at MSG. I say Chauncey plays 1 more year and Steve comes in to relieve him…….remember where u heard it 1st……….

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