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Trade offers for Nash may keep coming, but Suns’ plan to keep him hasn’t changed

Feb 29, 2012, 6:40 PM EDT

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Nothing has changed regarding the Phoenix Suns and Steve Nash. The team remains optimistic that it can convince their two-time MVP point guard to re-sign for another couple of years this summer, and Phoenix is not going to trade him before then unless Nash himself asks the team to do so.

The organization’s seemingly firm stance on the matter won’t stop the offers from rolling in, of course. But as the March 15th trade deadline approaches, Marc Stein of explains the Suns position, and why they’re not likely to move Nash this season.

“… the Suns believe they’d have a better core going forward with a re-upped Nash, center Marcin Gortat, cap space and a top pick in the well-regarded 2012 draft than with the sort of assets they could bring back now in a deadline deal for a 38-year-old point guard who, even as he continues to play at an All-Star level, is just a few months away from free agency.

The risk there, of course, is that keeping Nash beyond the trade deadline exposes the Suns to the same risks Orlando faces if it hangs onto Howard, creating the very real possibility that Nash could leave Phoenix without compensation. …

There are a couple voices out there on the NBA grapevine cautioning that the Suns are listening to Nash pitches more than they’re letting on, but the overwhelming majority of insiders surveyed by in recent days continue to insist that Nash is going nowhere.

There are many different ways to go about rebuilding, and clearly, the Suns want to avoid the nuclear option if at all possible. That’s the one that involves being abysmal for a few seasons in order to rebuild completely through the draft — without winning, without a superstar to draw fans to the arena, and without any fan interest whatsoever.

The team’s ownership hasn’t been nearly as cheap as its reputation might suggest, but dollars are a factor in the desert, and Phoenix certainly doesn’t want to see attendance plummet to all-time lows as it goes through the ultimate rebuilding process.

Nash has said repeatedly that he won’t ask to be traded, and he’s also said on multiple occasions that if the team decides that it does want to trade him, he’s fine with it; remember that when you see those quotes recycled by Nash in the coming weeks and reprinted as if it’s breaking news.

And for those wondering what happens if the Suns can’t convince Nash to re-sign this summer, and they ultimately lose him for nothing? Well, again, it’s one way to rebuild — just ask the Cavaliers and Kyrie Irving about that. It’s just not the preferred way to go about it in Phoenix, which is why all signs point to Nash remaining with the Suns through the end of the season.

  1. aschwartz2011 - Feb 29, 2012 at 6:49 PM

    since he won’t be geting a bird contract anyways the suns should trade him to a contender to get some more solid pieces. then he gets a shot somewhere this year and he can re sign with the suns in the off-season and have a better team next year.

  2. losangelasbasketball - Feb 29, 2012 at 7:37 PM

    Nash is going to pull “a decision” and take his talents to toronto…

  3. bknowledge - Feb 29, 2012 at 8:31 PM

    Knicks get:
    Steve Nash
    Derrick Favors

    Phoenix gets:
    Carmelo Anthony
    Devin Harris
    Toney Douglas
    Josh Howard

    Utah gets:
    Grant Hill
    Jared Dudley
    Phoenix 1rst round pick

    • bknowledge - Mar 1, 2012 at 7:51 AM

      I don’t believe Knicks will trade Melo either…

      Nash lives in NYC for summers…
      if he became Knicks back-up pg/finished games with Lin, we’d have 48 minutes of great offense every night…
      Derrick Favors looks like a young Amare- maybe better because he also rebounds…

      Carmelo is a great player- one of the best scorers in the league. But- my theory is that the great scorers in the league don’t play with (real) pgs. They play with 3 point shooters that stretch floor/play off the elite scorer/maybe provide good defense. Kobe never played with pg. Jordan never played with pg. Nowitski didn’y have pg last year (Kidd really isn’t pg anymore). Larry Bird didn’t play with real pg (Dennis Johnson was starting sg on Seattle when they won championship).

      I’d love to see Knicks get great pg for Melo (they should go all out for Steph Curry).
      Jermey Lin
      Steph Curry
      David Lee

      for all the people that don’t believe D’Antoni can win…Knicks spend money…not like the Suns…Suns never had a center like Tyson…and….other teams have won championships with an offense that starts outside in- Dallas last year (a bad example), both eras of Detroit champions (good example), even Miami this year plays a dribble penetration based half court offense…

    • thekingdave - Mar 1, 2012 at 8:12 AM

      Utah would dump Favors for nothing why?

      • bknowledge - Mar 1, 2012 at 7:04 PM

        Utah would benefit by:
        Dumping Devin Harris’ contract which is 9 million this year and 8.5 million next year. He hasn’t worked out there.
        Grant Hill has no contract for next year.
        so they save money/free up money to spend elsewhere
        Phoenix’s first round pick will likely be a high lottery pick in a strong draft.
        Jared Dudley is a pretty good young small forward with a very reasonable contract (4.25 million a year for the next 3 years).
        Derrick is set to make 4.7 next year, 6 million in 2013, 7.8 million in 2014.

        To sum up:
        Utah would save about 9 million this year and next year by getting rid of Devin.
        They get a good lottery pick from Phoenix.
        They get a solid and affordable small forward.

        Utah would still have solid front court with Al Jefferson, Paul Milsap, Enes Kanter…

  4. hawknuts - Feb 29, 2012 at 9:21 PM

    the guy has put his time in and deserves to play on a contending team, plain and simple. he makes good money and likes living in phoenix but if he doesn’t consider other options this summer that will be disappointing

    • rushbacker - Feb 29, 2012 at 11:14 PM

      Hmm. Personally, I might find abandoning his team to chase a ring more disappointing. Phoenix has been good to Nash, what’s wrong with an athlete showing some loyalty back to the organization, fans and community rather than going mercenary?

      • hawknuts - Mar 1, 2012 at 12:51 AM

        he has given you everything and you still want more? that is just plain wrong. without him your team would have been an afterthought for the last decade.

        he has a contract that he will not break unlike plenty of selfish players, and your being disappointed in him is besides the point. if he was a mercenary he would have left you high and dry in the middle of this or any of the last couple of seasons for a chance at a ring.

        he doesn’t owe you anything, he plays hard and makes the team relevant as well as putting coin in sarvers pocket. he has fulfilled his end of his contract and more.

        he is leaving this summer regardless of what sarver or the fans in phoenix want. your team won’t get another player like him again and that is why you all want him to suffer in mediocrity for the rest of his career.

        its not like he only played for your team, he was a maverick and chose to join you, so he has a right to choose to leave you.

        After watching your owner/gm gut the team time and again he is supposed to stay and rebuild again with that terrible roster you have? He is the best player your franchise has ever had and your owner is only keeping him due to financial benefits he receives from having a single marquee player

      • rushbacker - Mar 1, 2012 at 3:08 AM

        What’s all this “your team” stuff? I’m a Denver fan.

  5. cubs103years - Feb 29, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Ny is not trading melo

  6. kinggw - Feb 29, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    This is a perverse example of loyalty. It really doesnt make sense for either side for Nash to stay. The Suns arent going anywhere with him. They should deal him to expedite their rebuilding process. One way or another Nash shouldnt be on the Suns roster next season. At least if they deal him they can get something for their trouble.

  7. asublimeday - Mar 1, 2012 at 1:26 AM

    I’m going to throw out an insane concept. See if the derelicts on these boards can keep up: a player AND management both honor a contact. He finishes it and goes elsewhere, they sell tickets for the rest of the season and move on with no hard feelings.

    I can type it one word at a time, if that was too much.

  8. losangelasbasketball - Mar 1, 2012 at 1:43 AM

    Love nash, type of kid you want to ball with… Love to see him play with stat again…those were the days…

  9. newyorkfootballjets - Mar 1, 2012 at 2:12 AM

    Nash to dallas would be a good ending

  10. gd200799 - Mar 1, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    They might as well do it to get some value for him. Instead of letting him ,possibly, leave in FA

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