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Steve Nash says he would “definitely listen” to offer from Heat

Mar 29, 2012, 4:05 PM EST

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This summer the courting of free agent Steve Nash is going to get out of control.

He could well end up deciding to play for the Suns, but first pretty much every contending team — whether they can afford to bring him in or not — will be linked to him. If not outright reach out to him and court him.

That includes the Miami Heat. They have some nice young point guards in Mario Chalmers and Norris Cole, but they don’t have Steve Nash. (Although to they need Steve Nash since LeBron James and Dwyane Wade handle the ball so much?) For his part Nash said on the Dan Patrick show Thursday that he would certainly listen to an offer from the Heat.

“I’d listen. (James) is phenomenal. I love what they’re doing there. A lot of people don’t like them because they put all that talent together. But they’re professional, they play hard, they play together. Their coaching staff has done a great job. So, I have a tremendous amount of respect for them, and I would definitely listen.”

Nash said that he might come back to the Suns this summer, but only if they show improvement and start to look like a team that can contend. Nash wants a ring. He tried to sound non-committal but it came off a lot like he was going to listen to offers and see if there is a contender where he can fit.

Like the Heat. Maybe they talk, but Heat would not be able to offer much of anything thanks to the stars they have (and Mike Miller). Miami already has $78 million committed for next year (the cap will be about $58 million and the luxury tax will be about $70 million). They could offer Nash mini mid-level type money, which is all a lot of teams will be able to offer. The Suns can offer a lot more.

The decision will be Nash’s — more money to stay where he is or play for much less to have a serious shot at a ring. I have no idea which way he will lean, but Nash said to Dan Patrick that free agency with him will be more interesting than the trade deadline. Of that much we are certain.

  1. blakspartan - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    Wow, Miami is really desperate. Might as well ask Kobe, Derrick rose, and howard to join the team

    • manwithpizza - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:35 PM

      Have you watched the Suns this year?

      Nash can still play, and if the Suns can get him for $3 mil next year, it’s a coup.

      • manwithpizza - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:42 PM

        *If the Heat can get him…

      • jjordannba - Mar 29, 2012 at 9:16 PM

        But that’s @blakspartan’s point

    • livingsacrifice86 - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      I’m not a Heat fan, and even I can acknowledge the fact that no where in that article did it talk about the Miami Heat courting Steve Nash. I’m sure he was asked a question, and he answered. And why wouldn’t Nash consider the Heat? They’ll be in contention for a champioship for the next 5 years, whether any of us like it or not. You are the definition of a HATER.

  2. fanz928 - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:22 PM

    Nash deserve a ring

    • sasquash20 - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:40 PM

      The guy has never played defense in his life. He deserves nothing.

    • berbes - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:52 PM

      then why play for miaME?

    • ajcardsfan - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      I can’t disagree with you there, he’s a class act in a sport with heads bigger than Ken Griffey’s in “Homer at the Bat” (Ref – The Simpsons)

  3. phx1311 - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:26 PM

    I cant see him leaving phx but if he does I hope he finally gets a ring but it wont be the same as winning with the team that drafted him.

    • manwithpizza - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:48 PM

      Who cares what team drafted him?

      Kareen was drafted by the Bucks

      Wilt was drafted by the Philadelphia Warriors

      Shaq was drafted by Orlando

      Even Kobe was drafted by the Charlotte Hornets (ok that one is a little cheating)

      • smoothaswilkes - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:07 PM

        Uh, Nash was drafted by Dallas…

        next

      • erocknrolla - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:03 PM

        Kareem did win at least 1 title with the bucks

      • azyoda - Mar 30, 2012 at 12:22 AM

        Smoothaswilkes, Nash was drafted by the Suns in 96. They traded him to Dallas with Michael Finley when they traded for Jason Kidd.

      • davidly - Mar 30, 2012 at 6:16 AM

        @smoothaswilkes:
        The always annoying internet “uh,” is what makes you deserve to be called a jergoff. I won’t do it, though. I’ll just tell you that, no, Nash was indeed drafted by Phoenix. No need to thank me.

        @phx1311:
        So they drafted him. They also traded him to Dallas. So what if they brought him back. It was business going both ways. Now, he’s made his money, got his MVP trophy, I think it’s his turn to reach for the championship, and I think he just might think so as well. Though I can see from your pseudonym why you might see it otherwise.

    • gor76 - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:49 PM

      Yeah, too bad Kobe wasn’t able to get any of those rings with the Hornets.

  4. miamatt - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:28 PM

    How does Nash saying he would listen to an offer from the Heat equal Miami being desperate? They haven’t even suggested they would go after Nash themselves.

  5. manwithpizza - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    mini-mid-level is $3 mil.

    The Heat can offer no more than this, and they also cannot sign and trade for him to give him a little more, since they are a taxpayer.

    there are several teams with cap room that can offer more and lots of teams that could offer the full mid-level at $5.

    implication: Nash will have to take a much lower salary to go to the heat.

  6. dadawg77 - Mar 29, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    I think Nash is going to leave just because of who the Suns ownership has managed it. Plus this is his sunset.

    Dallas would be a great spot for him land. His race for the ring could help motivate Nowitzki even more then he was for his ring. He knows how to play with the Matrix. And Kidd is older.

  7. eugenesaxe - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    “Yeah Steve, we can offer lots of sun, no income tax, and pocket change.”

  8. jumbossportsblog - Mar 29, 2012 at 5:33 PM

    Reblogged this on jumbossportsblog.

  9. thebigkahuna23 - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    Regardless if they get Nash or not James and Wade are going to have to learn to play without the ball. Right now James and wade are 1 and 1a in terms of ball handlers on that team. They would be a much better team if Nash was running it with wade and James as cogs in the machine rather than the machine itself.

  10. pistolpete0903 - Mar 29, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    Twolves? A stud in Kevin love, a budding swing in Derrick Williams.
    Rubio is too young and don’t know how he comes back from his current season ending injury. Even if comes back at full swing, he can learn quite a few tricks from the veteran.

  11. reupjosh - Mar 29, 2012 at 8:02 PM

    Nash has too much self respect to go chase a ring with the Heat. Listen to today’s Simmon’s (BS report) podcast.

  12. lakerluver - Mar 29, 2012 at 9:02 PM

    Who cares? Miami will never win a title anyway. Nope, not 1, not 2, not 3………… And while we’re on the subject of Nash, how is it he’s a 2 time MVP and players like Shaq and Kobe only have 1?! What a crock!!

    • borderline1988 - Mar 30, 2012 at 11:24 AM

      I don’t know which season Kobe deserved the MVP (besides the one he actually won). You can’t just make that comment – every season is different.

      You can (and many do) make the argument that Shaq should have won one of those MVPs over Nash. They are really hard players to compare (they could not be more opposite), and to me either choice would have worked.

      Nash was really an incredibly dominant offensive player in the mid-2000s. Arguably the most exciting player in the NBA to watch, yet still remarkably efficient (how often can you say those two things about the same player?).

      That being said, clearly a team needs dominant offensive and defensive big men to win a championship. Amare simply didn’t cut it, and therefore the Suns couldn’t win a championship (and throw a little Donaghy in there to help).

  13. sunsbro - Mar 29, 2012 at 9:15 PM

    @smoothaswilkes

    Nash was drafted by PHX in 96 then traded to Dallas. Nice try though!

  14. metalhead65 - Mar 29, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    if he signs with the heat then as much as I respect and admire his play over the years he can retire without a ring as far as I am concerned. just like malone did after signing with the lakers for his one last shot I hope he fails.

  15. losangelasbasketball - Mar 29, 2012 at 10:03 PM

    Nash, being a member of the foreign born elite NBA players, does anyone think Nowitzki’s success has tainted Nash’s legacy?

  16. barca22 - Mar 29, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    DP SHOW

  17. jimbo75025 - Mar 30, 2012 at 1:20 AM

    This is why I haven’t watched more than 30 seconds of NBA basketball since the lockout although I sometimes troll the scores and this board. The Heat given their big 3 have minimal cap space even with the benefits from the new CBA. The season was almost tanked over players wanting more cap space (money). If Nash goes to the Heat he could only get quite a bit less than he could get on the open market. As Nash was quite a vocal person during the arguments, does it not seem like he is now talking out of both sides of his mouth by saying money is not important if I am playing for a good team?

    I have nothing against Nash or the Heat, just frustrated at the rhetoric-I know Nash has made a fortune, etc so I do not begrudge him for wanting a ring but don’t tell me for 5 months -more money, more money, more money-then say wait, money is not important.

  18. lemfax - Mar 30, 2012 at 6:51 AM

    Suns is the right and final place for Nash. But someone like him deserves a championship ring that his current organization can’t help him. Let’s give him a chance to have a good exit in any ways and his legacy would remain in Phoenix history

  19. florida727 - Mar 30, 2012 at 7:33 AM

    In his 16 years of plying in the NBA, Nash has pocketed more than $119 million in salary (per basketballreference.com). Endorsement income is on top of that. The guess here is that jewelry will be his #1 priority in free agency. The money means nothing at this point.

    • metalhead65 - Mar 30, 2012 at 9:11 AM

      haven’t you learned by now that despite whatever they may say it is always about the MONEY? just like manning leaving the colts had nothing to do with money and then him signing a 90 million dollar deal with the broncos had nothing to do with money right? and do not tell me that lebron and co. signed for less to play together either. they are getting paid 14 mil. a year and pay no state taxws. plus if they were not concerned about the money they would have taken even less so the heat could afford to get them a good supporting cast. no it is and always will be about MONEY!

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