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Before you say Nash will play for less money, listen to him

Jun 25, 2012, 4:57 PM EDT

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It’s all over the Internet and my twitter timeline:

Steve Nash really wants a ring and will come play for the Knicks/Heat/Lakers/Bulls/whoever for next to nothing so he can be on a winner.”

Um, you may want to ask him about that.

They did on ESPN radio Monday and Marc Berman of the New York Post was listening, and the free agent to be didn’t sound like a guy looking to just chase a ring.

“I definitely feel I want to be validated monetarily to an extent,’’ Nash said. “It’s still very important. I think money in many ways represents respect. For example, if you sign with a team and take half or less money, six months later they trade you. It has to be one of the factors. It’s not everything but it is important and will be one of the factors involved….

“It’s nice to have that idea, I want to win a championship,’’ Nash said. “That’s also difficult. You can turn down a ton of money for a team you think can win a championship and there’s an injury and the chemistry isn’t right and you’re traded in six months. I have to put all the things into the hat.”

Money = respect is pretty much how most players feel in the NBA. Nash is sticking to the company line that he has to look at all the factors in making a decision, and I don’t doubt in his case that is true. He wants to be in a place he can win. He wants to be comfortable. But he also wants some reasonable compensation. And he wants a fit on the court — is that New York where Mike D’Antoni is gone and the offense runs through Carmelo Anthony? Is that Miami where LeBron James and Dwyane Wade dominate the ball? Can you see Steve Nash and Kobe on the same team?

If you forced me to bet on a landing spot for Nash, I would still say Phoenix. If he really wanted an interesting splash, he should sign with the Pacers. But it’s pretty wide open.

  1. cantonbound13 - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:17 PM

    Phoenix or Toronto is my guess.

    • gmen4life33 - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:27 PM

      Phoenix, Indiana, or whoever loses out on D Will (Nets,Dallas). Each one of these teams will be able to pay him and offer him chance to win and/or comfort.

    • jabberwock3 - Jun 26, 2012 at 6:06 AM

      Raptors, please, please, please, please. It would be nice, just once in their history, to have someone good actually say they would LIKE to play in basketball’s version of outer space – Canada.

  2. biasedhomer - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:19 PM

    He does not have to take a discount to play with every contender. There are good teams out there that can pay him. Not every team has multiple max contracts.

    • mannyfresh209 - Jun 25, 2012 at 6:45 PM

      Key Word: Contender. There’s only … 2-3 real contenders

      • cosanostra71 - Jun 25, 2012 at 7:57 PM

        yes, but with a player like Nash… he could take a team from very good to the “contender” level.

  3. bestcoastinfluence - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:21 PM

    Any team will be happy to try and sign him. He deserves the money, but my guess is he takes a little less to sign with a contender. Don’t be surprised if he ends up back in Phoenix, he is a loyal guy.

  4. knightrider1755 - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    A huge blow for overly-optimistic and desperate Knicks fans who were praying that Nash would come to NY and play with Lin for peanuts. Never thought he would go and play for the Knicks for around the same amount of money Lin would be making. After all, he is a future Hall of Famer and for that and all his past and present accomplishments in the NBA he deserves at least that measure of respect. As I mentioned in another blog on PBT. Raymond Felton may the best option for the Knicks at this point. After his hugely disappointing effort in Portland last season, can’t see him looking for a great deal of money. In addition, he likes playing in NY, despite the fact that he and others were jettisoned by the team in favor of landing Melo two years ago. After all, basketball is a business. Crawford may be another possibility but I believe that he believes he can do better than a minimum level exception. Jason Kidd, however, is definitely NOT a possibility. Kidd is saying all the right things to land him in either Brooklyn or Dallas next season.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 25, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      It isn’t a blow at all. It’s all conjecture until July 1. Keep your foolish bashing to yourself.

      • knightrider1755 - Jun 25, 2012 at 6:34 PM

        Mr. Wrong212: You are the most unrealistic, unknowledgeable, and clueless Knicks fan in the entire world, barring none. If you ever write anything on this blog that either makes sense and/or is intelligently written, I will be willingly the first to let you and your GED instructors know.

  5. fanz928 - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:37 PM

    Orlando should trade for him Nelson and Anderson for Nash and lopez

    • raidmagic - Jun 25, 2012 at 5:46 PM

      as a Magic fan I say yes but I can’t see any reason that the Suns do that. Besides there are too many issues to resolve for that to happen. The Magic would have to get Nelson to not opt out and then sign Anderson to a contract before they could trade him. I’m not even sure how it works for a resigned player to be traded.

  6. 91devinhester23 - Jun 25, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    the knicks are contenders? since when?

    • badintent - Jun 25, 2012 at 6:44 PM

      Since Lin dropped 38 on Kobe , beat Raps with a last second 3 and will lead the Knicks past your old Boston nursing home . We got the best center defender in the NBA, the smartest Harvard grad on point and we make a trade for a great shooting guard, Chris Paul. Melo will play D under Woodson or we ship his lazy butt to Turkey. We get back our Denver guys and rock the Heat ! I know you don’t think LBJ can man up 2 seasons in a row. Now put away your plastic Kobe doll.

      • xLith - Jun 25, 2012 at 7:38 PM

        You do realize the Knicks didn’t even make it out of the first round and barely won a single game right?

      • knightrider1755 - Jun 27, 2012 at 5:35 AM

        The Knicks suck.

    • therealhtj - Jun 25, 2012 at 7:20 PM

      Aren’t Knicks fans the greatest?

      • soflasfinest - Jun 25, 2012 at 7:34 PM

        If by “greatest” you mean delusional/annoying/unrealistic/pathetic then yes I agree. Hi mr wrong, I’m talking to you.

      • therealhtj - Jun 25, 2012 at 9:33 PM

        Glad my sarcasm font worked.

  7. sufferingbirdsfan - Jun 25, 2012 at 7:04 PM

    look if you want a ring ill make it easy for u go to the Heat and end your career with a ring

  8. rabidmike - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:09 PM

    Now that I’m on the wrong side of 40, I couldnt agree more.

  9. detroitcityryda - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Heat could use him to run the floor and set up Lebron with sick alley oops I think he could give the heat that extra weapon where they really wouldn’t have problems when wade or bosh have a game off because Nash would run the floor like a general .

  10. newyorkfootballjets - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:36 PM

    A pick, Dejuan Blair and gary neal for pau gasol, then spurs sign nash to back up parker. 1- duncan 2- pau gasol 3- leonard/jackson 4- ginobili 5 parker/nashty = World champs , and im a knicks fan, just hoping some one can make moves to beat the Heat

  11. newyorkfootballjets - Jun 25, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    Or nash and d howard to nets would be decent and fun to watch

  12. southpaw77 - Jun 25, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    He’d have to sit outside and wait if he went to NY or Miami and Nash hated doing that for Shaq in Phoenix, said he needed to handle the ball, not sit outside and wait to shoot a 3 like Steve Kerr.

    Places like Atlanta, Indy, Dallas (if they can’t land Deron), Chicago (before Rose come back) are the fits.
    Phoenix if they can lure a shooting guard in free agency like Mayo, Crawford or Gordon).
    Heck, OKC cause its shown Westbrook wants to be a shooting guard badly.

  13. stayhigh_247 - Jun 25, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Rightfully so Steve. The owners get as much as they can, so the players should be of the same mindset. If it’s not Miami or Chicago he should stay put, the Knicks aren’t going anywhere and if they do it will be J Linn running the show. OKC doesn’t need him, San Antonio doesnt either. The Lakers dont have a coach other than Kobe, so not them. Chicago is the most realistic chance, with a veteran team in place ready to beat Miami.

  14. passerby23 - Jun 25, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    I don’t think it’s likely, but Indiana seems like an ideal fit for Nash. A gritty defensive team with good players but who struggle to create their own shot. How much better does Nash make Granger, George, West, and Hibbert? He would have a quality backup there – either Collison or Hill – to give him the kind of rest he needs. They can then trade the remaining point guard for a shooter. Nash makes their offense instantly better and gives them the kind of leadership and playoff experience they need. Add another year of developing Paul George and that’s a threat to the Heat right there. But, smart money is on him staying in Phoenix or maybe even signing with Dallas.

  15. astrosfan75956 - Jun 26, 2012 at 12:44 AM

    He will probably end up back in Dallas with the Mavs.

  16. loungefly74 - Jun 26, 2012 at 9:03 AM

    always gets my interest when i see “Lakers” mentioned in the talks…hmmmm.

  17. uscfan1988 - Jun 26, 2012 at 4:24 PM

    The Knicks fan above does know that Chris Paul is not a shooting guard right? And is he also aware that he isn’t leaving the Clippers. Nash will go to L.A.

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