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Report: Steve Nash wants a three-year deal this summer

Apr 4, 2012, 12:59 PM EDT

Suns guard Nash looks to drive on Mavericks center Mahinmi during their NBA basketball game in Dallas, Texas Reuters

Steve Nash will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and whether he stays in Phoenix or chooses to try his luck playing for a contender somewhere else, he will be looking to sign a three-year deal to do so.

From Marc Stein of

Nash, who turned 38 in February, also told in a phone interview before Tuesday night’s game in Sacramento he intends to “sign for three more years this summer” and play beyond his 40th birthday when he either inks a new deal to stay with the Suns or finds a new team via free agency.

Most contenders wouldn’t hesitate for a second to give Nash a two-year deal. But three years might be the tipping point that decides where Nash will ultimately end up, with teams valuing salary cap flexibility now more than ever in the era of the league’s new collective bargaining agreement.

This is also a savvy move on Nash’s part. The next NBA contract he signs will almost certainly be his last, so he obviously wants to squeeze every last dollar out of his career as a player before it’s all said and done.  Putting it out there now that he expects three years (which is, again, likely one more than teams will initially be comfortable with) is smart, and might just give his potential suitors some extra time to figure out exactly how to make that work.

In the end, the Suns are the favorites to come up with that three-year deal, given all that Nash means to the franchise, and the team’s recent unwillingness to even consider trading him as long as there was a possibility that Nash would like to stay in Phoenix.

Nash said recently that he wouldn’t return to the Suns unless they made some significant roster improvements before next season. That will obviously be easier to do with Nash already signed, and it may just cost the team that extra year to make it all happen.

  1. trueballs - Apr 4, 2012 at 4:14 PM

    Nash is a future HOF and a class act. He can still play a significant role.

    That being said, this sounds like a perfect opportunity for the Knicks to make a horrible contract.

  2. gabe0988 - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Miami here he comes… For the repeats

  3. gabe0988 - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:08 PM

    Miami here he comes… For the repeats

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 4, 2012 at 5:29 PM

      Repeat disappointments?

      …Not one, not two, not three…

  4. sunsation3413 - Apr 4, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Miami doesn’t have any money to sign him. Think he’s going to take 2-3 million for his last contract. Dream on southbeach…

  5. stlducks - Apr 4, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    Please go to the bulls and move rose to the two guard.

    • jizzojames - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:39 AM

      Please DELETE your comment!

  6. chicago240 - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:38 AM

    Nash is still putting up good numbers (12 ppg, 11 apg). Pretty sure you’ve got to be putting up Juwan Howard/Eddie Curry type numbers before you settle for some major decline in your salary to get the ring.

  7. jizzojames - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Nash is putting out good numbers on a mediocre squad at that. Just think what he could do in a better offense with better talent. He’s aging gracefully sort of like John Stockton so I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets 3 more years, but where will he go? Dallas, Portland, New York, Orlando…. MIAMI? Boooo!!!!!!! Miami doesn’t have the money to sign him unless he’s willing to play peanuts. My best guess is Dallas, simply b/c JKidd is near death at the NBA level, and remember when all the the Dwight rumors were swarming, and there were reports that Dallas had the ability to sign Dwight and another max free agent? They still do!! If Dallas doesn’t get DWill, Nash wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize, and they still can sign another max free agent.

  8. drubeatz - Apr 5, 2012 at 4:54 PM

    I’m thinking when DWill leaves the Nets, Billy King panics and signs Nash to some ridiculous contract. It wouldn’t be that horrible if the Nets can keep Wallace, pick up Nash and some other top player. This could be a good plan C for Brooklyn.

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