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Does Steve Nash have any interest in playing for the Knicks?

May 24, 2012, 1:37 PM EDT

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In New York, it has just kind of assumed that Steve Nash wants to come there. Because New Yorkers assume everyone wants to come there, play there — that everyone wishes they were New Yorkers.

Not the case. And it may not be the case with Steve Nash.

In a twitter discussion yesterday, Jared Zwerling of ESPNNewYork.com tweeted this:

Hearing that Nash won’t want to come to NY. We can likely kiss that notion goodbye.

That was responded to by Moke Hamilton (writer for SheridanHoops.com among other sites) saying he heard New York was on the short list for Nash.

The problem for the Knicks getting Nash starts with money — they don’t have any. They have a mid-level exception but they will need to use that to keep Jeremy Lin (unless the Knicks luck out and the union wins in arbitration). After that, all the Knicks could offer is the veteran minimum. (Which is why the Knicks will not land Lamar Odom either, well that and they already have Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire who can play the four.)

If Nash is chasing a ring and willing to play for the veteran minimum, he can get that with the Heat. And he’d be closer to getting a title there than in New York. (Lakers fans, you have less of a chance than the Knicks. Let it go.)

My lean right now is he goes nowhere; he looks at his options and signs to stay in Phoenix. If he does leave, and if Dallas cannot land Deron Williams, that opens up as an option. But I don’t see New York. Nash loves it there, lives there in the off-season, but that’s different than signing up to play for the circus that is the team in Madison Square Garden.

  1. karlton2 - May 24, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    Indiana can offer him money, a chance at a ring, a current hole at PG to fill and the ability to stay out of the media limelight.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - May 24, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    He lives here, don’t be so sure, Kurt.

  3. gmen4life33 - May 24, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    If I was Nash, my options would be Phoenix (if they bring in all star level talent), Indiana (if they keep Hibbert), New York (if they win arbitration and can offer full mid level), followed by Dallas.

    Dark horse team would be Portland.

  4. daniel10017 - May 24, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    He will be a Laker next season

  5. rajbais - May 24, 2012 at 3:23 PM

    No!!!

    ESPN has interest in Steve Nash playing for the Knicks!!!!

  6. rickyspanish - May 24, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    daniel10017

    That would be crazy, the Lakers need something. Double digit points and assists sure would help.

  7. doctorfootball - May 24, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    Not sure you know what you’re talking about, Mr. Helin. New York assumed Nash wanted to play for their team while D’antoni was coaching. Not the case anymore.

    • Kurt Helin - May 24, 2012 at 8:35 PM

      Some sane people have come around, not all. Not by far if you read my twitter timeline/inbox.

  8. sauvy2324 - May 25, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    Nash will wear a #13 with three possible teams…suns (loyalty), heat (duh), lakers (they didn’t get Howard). Why play anywhere else…seriously

  9. grizzlystrike - May 25, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Nash is very much a guy who wants to win a championship but only if the team is the right fit. He’s said that on multiple occasions. The last place he will ever go is the lakers. Nash does not want to play with a bunch of douchebagsss even if they were the favorites to compete, which they aren’t.

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