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Suns coach Gentry “feels good” about Suns keeping Nash

May 31, 2012, 12:02 PM EDT

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Steve Nash’s free agency is going to be interesting.

Nobody would really begrudge him if he went and chased a ring, but if he’s going to do that in the most logical place, Miami, he’ll be doing it for the veteran minimum. He could go to the Knicks, Lakers, pretty much wherever he wants if he will play for very little money (by standards of what he could earn elsewhere).

But does he want to play for a Heat team with two ball-dominating players? Or the Knicks with ball-dominating Carmelo Anthony? Or the Lakers with Kobe. Does he want to play for a little more than the minimum? If so his choices narrow and the number of title contenders drops fast (maybe the Pacers with him, maybe).

Or, he could get a big payday to stay in Phoenix where he is comfortable (and has family).

More and more, there is a buzz around the league that Nash may look at his choices and say “there’s no place like home.” Smart money still says he leaves, but it’s far from a lock. The Suns are not contenders and they need to improve the team to keep him, but the team knows that.

Through it all, the Suns have confidence, as Alvin Gentry told the Arizona Republic.

“I feel good about it,” coach Alvin Gentry said about retaining Nash. “We just need a player we can throw the ball to at the end of the game, who can get to the foul line, get us a basket or make the right play.

“I think it’s a little unfair for me to ask Steve Nash to do that night in and night out, not just for 66 games, but for 82 games next year. If we’re fortunate enough to have Steve back, and we’re going to do everything we possibly can to do that, I just think he needs some help.”

There are just not a lot of those players out there. But none of Nash’s options are perfect.

It’s going to be interesting.

  1. loungefly74 - May 31, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    (pipe dream here) would love to see him with the Lakers…

    can’t blame him for whatever choice he makes. “stay and make $$$$? sure!” or “ehhh..i got enough $$$$ in the bank…i want a ring so i will choose whomever i want to play for.”

  2. 20dollardinners - May 31, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    They need to move on – both of them. The Suns and their terrible management need to ‘rebuild’ – aka be mediocre for the next 10 years.

    Nash is like Manning – he hides how bad the organization actually is.

  3. lakerluver - May 31, 2012 at 1:14 PM

    Why waste the last couple years of your career playing for a .500 team, at best?!! Go to the LAKERS, Nash!! And, while you’re at it, bring Grant Hill with you.

  4. gmen4life33 - May 31, 2012 at 3:29 PM

    He has got to move on, no offense to Suns fans but they cant fin enough in FA to be contenders the next 2-3 years. Reports were they were going to go after Crawford, who is a nice player, but wont allow Suns to compete with SAS or OKC. Here would be my choices if I was Nash:

    -Indiana: Very good young team with players like (George, Granger, Hans.),and great pick and roll player in West, and one of the true NBA big men Hibbert. Just a good fit.

    -Dallas (if they dont get D.Williams): Has played there before, Dirk, can bring back Terry, and still have $ to sign a few other pieces too. Wont make Dallas instant favorites, but they would be able to compete with top WC teams.

    -Knicks (if they have their full mid exception): Nash can pick-roll with Stat in his sleep, will make both of them better players, Melo to finish games, Chandler great alley-oop threat, Nash loes NY and lives there off-season.

    -Portland: Pick-roll with Aldridge, great supporting cast (Matthews, Batum), great fans/city to play for.

  5. duane888 - May 31, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    Miami would be an excellent fit for Nash. They could free up money for Nash by trading or releasing Chalmers. Besides, Chalmers can’t cover Rondo or really anybody. He has awful ball handling skills and makes bad decisions. Lebron & Wade’s offensive skills covers up his blunders. Sometimes The Heat run their offense without a PG.
    As far as Nash, pick n rolls and transition offense is his game; the same two things The Heat thrive and dominate on.

    • drunkenjunk - May 31, 2012 at 6:20 PM

      yea man, cause Steve Nash is gonna play lock down D on Rondo right? STFU. Nash has a soul and isn’t gonna sell it goin to that team of douchebags and flop artists.

      • oem9 - May 31, 2012 at 8:07 PM

        Soul don’t get you a ring,good team does!

  6. diehardcard - May 31, 2012 at 3:38 PM

    Say “Lakers” again. Say “Lakers” again. I dare you. I double-dare you, mf-er. Say “Lakers” one more god dam time.

    Nash will NEVER play for the Lakers. NEVER. It’s insulting to every Phoenix fan to even suggest it.

    • drunkenjunk - Jun 1, 2012 at 6:55 AM

      lol, man you really hate the lakers

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