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Steve Nash says he will listen to offer from Knicks

Jun 20, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT

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The dream of some Knicks fans to sure Steve Nash to their team is not dead.

It’s not likely. But it’s not dead either.

Nash himself admitted he’d listen to an offer from New York when he becomes a free agent July 1. From ESPN (via IamaGM):

“The Knicks are a great franchise and I live in New York City (each summer), so I’d definitely consider them if they were interested,” the Phoenix Suns’ mainstay said at a promotional appearance in Manhattan.

Nash is Canadian, he’s too polite to just say no. The only things standing in the way of this happening are just money and fit.

Unless they get lucky on a Hail Mary arbitration ruling, the Knicks are going to have to use most or all of their $5 million mid-level exception to keep Jeremy Lin. With the team well over the cap, the best they can offer the 38-year-old point guard is the veteran minimum.

If he’s going to take nothing to chase a ring, he can do that in Miami. Or with the Lakers. Or with the Bulls (then team with Derrick Rose when he returns). Basically, he can go a lot of places closer to that ring than the Knicks. And if he wants to get paid he can stay in Phoenix, go to Indiana or a few other good choices. He has options.

And how would he fit with Carmelo Anthony, who clearly wants the offense run through him? Is Melo going to give his full effort while watching some Amare Stoudemire/Nash pick and rolls? Just a lot of questions.

But there is a chance. He’d consider it.

  1. fanz928 - Jun 20, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    If Nash goes to Knicks Melo and amar scoring 30 each isnt that hard

  2. muir6 - Jun 20, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    It would be best thing for Melo s career. What if they gave up Lin would they have more cap space. Lin had a great month but Nash has three more productive years left. If there is a way to keep Knicks three plush Nash gotta make it happen

  3. mannyfresh209 - Jun 20, 2012 at 6:45 PM

    nash is not going to the knicks lol

  4. lakerade - Jun 20, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Nash coming to the Lakers is only good if Bynum develops his defense since it will basically be about funneling guys to him again (think Fish). And that is one giant IF…

  5. rajbais - Jun 20, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    “Steve Nash says he will listen to offer from Knicks” … Only because ESPN wants him to!!!

  6. Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 20, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    Grunwald will find a way. The market isn’t as expansive for Nash as people like to think. And living here in the offseason certainly has to make it somewhat palatable to him.

    • knightrider1755 - Jun 20, 2012 at 7:42 PM

      Grunwald is an Isiah flunkie who would have a difficult time finding his way out of a paper bag.

  7. blakspartan - Jun 20, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    Nash to lakers

  8. greej1938l - Jun 20, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Nash is Canadian? He’s too nice to say no? Lol all canadiens I know are huge jerks!

  9. greej1938l - Jun 20, 2012 at 7:35 PM

    Nash is Canadian? He’s too nice to say no? Lol all canadiens I know are huge jerks!

  10. knightrider1755 - Jun 20, 2012 at 7:40 PM

    At his age, Nash will go with the money. If he can make more money playing with Miami or Chicago then that’s where he will end up. The Knicks don’t have the money or the team to compete for a championship anytime soon. If Nash wants his final NBA years to be productive then he needs to go with a team that is built to win a championship now not later. At least he would the opportunity to get a ring. Better to do that than going to the Knicks to teach Lin how to play point guard.

  11. lakerluver - Jun 20, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    The Knickels are a mess. Phil Jackson was correct in his assessment of them being clumsy. They can’t win with both STAT and Melo.

  12. drewzducks - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Why the he’ll would he want to go to NY? Take less money to go to a crappy team that hasn’t won in nearly 40 years and won’t win anytime soon? He should ave just told the interviewer ” take off you hoser”.

  13. dunder1mifflin - Jun 20, 2012 at 9:33 PM

    look good in pacer blue and gold

  14. sunsbolts7 - Jun 20, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    Money will not be an issue. Steve Nash and the Suns have agreed that if he leaves, it’d be in a sign and trade. That way both parties get what they want. Nash, a 3 year deal worth more than the vet. minimum and the Suns would get some sort of compensation. New York would just need to come up with a better trade package then other teams that are also looking to bring Nash in. Do some research, Kurt. It’d go a long way in your career field.

    • knightrider1755 - Jun 21, 2012 at 8:33 AM

      The problem is that besides Melo, Chandler and Amare, the Knicks don’t have any players that another team would want to trade for. Money is always an issue. If not, all the Knicks have to do is contact Nash and ask him to play for them for the veteran’s minimum, that is, since he likes the Knicks so much. I don’t see that happening. Nash wants a ring and who would blame him. Especially when you look at the Heat and see that both Ronny Turief and Juwann Howard are poised to get rings this year. Neither one of them is a future Hall of Famer, Nash is.

  15. Laying The Blog Down - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:00 AM

    Reblogged this on layingtheblogdown and commented:
    oooooooooooooooooh snap

  16. bougin89 - Jun 21, 2012 at 10:05 AM

    Steve Nash will listen to offer from Knicks…lets take this with a grain of salt, as in take top off of salt shaker and pour salt into mouth.

  17. borderline1988 - Jun 21, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    Nash and Carmelo would not be a very good fit. The only type of player who would be a good fit with Carmleo is a defensive centre who can cover for his mistakes and will otherwise stay out of his way. Kind of like Chandler.

    Nash on the Pacers would be really intriguing. It would vault them to the best team in the East, maybe besides the Heat. They are strong at every position (besides PG) and they have multiple players who would work very well in the pick and rolls, and cutting to the basket. They would just need a shooter who can knock down 3s with 40%+ accuracy..those guys thrive with Nash passing to them.

    Nash on the Heat would be crazy as well. A Nash/Lebron pick and roll would be unstoppable. I think Wade would lose out a bit, but he’s declining a bit anyways b/c he can’t get to the rim like he used to. He has to practice his shot and learn to play without the ball.

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