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Report: If Nash requests a trade, Suns would oblige

Feb 4, 2012, 10:45 AM EDT

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It’s really bizarre and exceptionally rare, but the truth is that the fans want better for Steve Nash than he himself wants. Nash has repeatedly said he has no desire to ask for a trade, no plan to ask for a trade, no inclination to ask for a trade. He is content to finish his career with the Suns, no matter how uninspiring, ineffective, and underwhelming they are. But it should be noted that a report from CBSSports.com indicates that should Nash elect to change his mind on the ethics of asking for a trade, the Suns won’t stand in his way.

 Despite the Suns’ struggles, Steve Nash has yet to express an interest in being traded, league sources said. But the organization will try to accommodate Nash’s wishes if the 37-year-old foundation of the franchise decides he’d like a chance to compete for a championship with a contender. “It’s really on him in terms of what he wants to do or not do,” a person with knowledge of the situation said. Nash, who turns 38 next week, will be an unrestricted free agent July 1.

via Postups: Recent coach changes may foreshadow ouster of some GMs – NBA – CBSSports.com News, Scores, Stats, Fantasy Advice.

#FreeSteveNash has become a hot topic in NBA circles, except it’s Nash that doesn’t want to be freed. The Suns aren’t going to salary dump their best player and a Hall of Famer. It’s good to know they would cede to such a request though. If only Nash would have a little more selfishness in him. You know, like 95% of the rest of the league.

Nash could help so many teams in their pursuit of  a title. A single ring dramatically alters the tale of his career, and provides him with validation for so much of what he’s accomplished statistically. The Knicks, the Magic, the Hawks, the Blazers, any of these teams would be dramatically altered by adding Nash’s vision, shooting, and leadership. But again, Nash has made this bed and he chooses to lie in it next to Marcin Gortat as his second best player.

Admirable, if frustrating. It’s his career, after all.

  1. gmsalpha - Feb 4, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    I think he should find a place to pay in Idaho and because they’re overwhelmed by having such a marquee player, they’ll change their name to the Boise Nash Potatoes.
    But hopefully he doesn’t leave Phoenix under poor circumstances or he might burn his Nash Bridges. That wouldn’t be good.

  2. jmclarkent - Feb 4, 2012 at 1:38 PM

    I still think that you can sucker some desperate contender to give up way more than they should for a player pushing 40.

    I love Steve Nash and while it would be cool to see him retire as Sun, hanging on to him at this juncture is just delaying an inevitable and necessary rebuilding process.

  3. cantonbound13 - Feb 4, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    He’d be a hero in N.Y.

  4. bparmalee - Feb 4, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    I don’t think Nash would work in N.Y. because Chandler clogs the lane and Anthony pounds the ball into the floor. I know… Chandler and Paul worked well but Nash is a different kind of player. I think the best fit for him would be Portland. They have a flexible roster and havent been able to get consistent PG play. They arent a top level contender but it seems like a good fit.

  5. surly1n1nd1anapol1s - Feb 4, 2012 at 3:11 PM

    Put Nash on the Pacers and that is a scary team.

  6. 00maltliquor - Feb 4, 2012 at 3:49 PM

    I wish more players/people were like Nash.

  7. nightrain42 - Feb 4, 2012 at 4:07 PM

    Trade to the Lakers for a 1st rd pick. His consistent outside shot wld help them alot!

  8. sunsation3413 - Feb 4, 2012 at 10:59 PM

    There is no team that has a realistic chance to win a title that needs a point guard except the Lakers. Sorry but just cant see Nash wanting to go there so why would he go to another team thats not that good when he loves Phoenix. Knicks, Atlanta, Orlando.. Theyre not going anywhere even if you added Nash. Portland…not really. Miami…cant see that working. So how about everyone just let Nash make his own choices and enjoy watching him play.

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