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Nash keeps free agent cards close to vest, but likes Knicks over Nets

Jun 28, 2012, 10:47 AM EDT

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All speculation about where Steve Nash will land as a free agent shares one major flaw — Steve Nash doesn’t know yet.

No doubt he has some preliminary thoughts, but speaking at his annual charity soccer game in New York he wasn’t really spilling any information. Via Marc Spears of Yahoo.

“You can go down the line of teams and possibilities and you can list a bunch of pros,” Nash said. “But it will be interesting to see what actually transpires on [Sunday] and see how they rank in my mind.”

But one thing he let out — don’t expect him to go to Brooklyn and pair with Deron Williams on the Nets (as some had suggested).

When asked if the Knicks or Nets were a better option, Nash said: “Right now the Knicks. Maybe in the few years the Nets.”

Nash is 38, he’s not thinking about a few years from now.

Nash said nice things about the Knicks, he called the idea of playing for the Raptors “exciting.”

But if you made me bet today, I’d still bet Steve Nash is a Sun come the start of next season. And he certainly praised them as well.

“Phoenix has been home for 10 years,” Nash said. “It’s a very important place for me. I’m a Phoenix Sun. I still am to this day. It’s definitely still possible. We’ll see what happens.”

  1. gmen4life33 - Jun 28, 2012 at 10:54 AM

    Quick question. Are NBA owners allowed to promise players jobs after they retire, as a way to get them to sign? Like, if Dolan told Nash that if he joined the Knicks, he would groom him to be Team President and represent the Knicks after he retires. Would that have to be a “backroom” type of thing, or is that legal?

    I know Dolan is grooming Allan Houston to be GM and Nash would be great in representing a franchise. It would also make it worth it for Nash to take several million less by going to the Knicks (or a diff team that could offer the same).

    • jolink653 - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:09 AM

      whatever it takes to get nash that’s what they should do…if they can get a hall of fame point guard in front of lin to teach him and groom him for the position then this team would be in great shape…still not convinced nash will sign here but after the garbage this team has put on the floor over the last decade i think we’re entitled to be able to hope a little

      • youngyankee - Jun 28, 2012 at 1:36 PM

        not saying that he wont be, but IS STEVE NASH A HALL OF FAMER?

        i feel like he’s a system player, w/o D’antoni’s fast paced offense, he’s not a HOF type of PG

        he’s never won a ring, and the 2 MVPs he robbed from Iverson and Dirk/Kobe. and maybe only really had like what, 5-6 good seasons out of like 10?

      • youngyankee - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:14 PM

        instead of just a thumbs down, could anyone help me understand how Steve Nash is a hall of famer?

    • BigBeachBall - Jun 29, 2012 at 5:11 PM

      nba owners can hire whoever they want…. but why would dolan promise so much to nash when Nash’s best years are with a different team… nash does, in fact have a psychology degree so maybe he could be hired (like you said) as melo’s personal psychiatrist.

  2. leeeroooyjeeenkiiins - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    It’ll be the Suns or Raptors, bank on it. I think Nash has a level of interest in the Knicks due to Amare, but most of the hype is media created. This is the last run for Nash. He’s already expressed that he isn’t a ring chaser and won’t sign with a team just because they’re title contenders, which means his decision will be based on other factors.

    Nash is a very loyal guy, thus the Suns are obviously very much in the mix. Toronto makes sense because he’s so influential in the development of Canadian basketball already, and the Raptors desperately need a jolt. With Valanciunas coming over, both he and Bargnani would play very well with Nash’s style and could potentially make a decent playoff run in a very weak East. There’s also the Colangelo connection as well.

    He does have moderate ties to New York and he loves Amare , but I don’t see them being large enough to override Phoenix or Toronto. Nash is a classy guy so obviously he’s going to talk nicely about the Knicks, but ultimately his decision will be one of loyalty to a city or his country. Can’t go wrong either way.

  3. cantonbound13 - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:10 AM

    Translation: whoever pays me the most.

    • 20dollardinners - Jun 28, 2012 at 12:44 PM

      Translation: I haven’t been a free agent in 10 years.

      It’s like listening to someone who got divorced and is dating again. They aren’t even 100% sure how it works or what they can get.

  4. drobstad - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    I am as big a Knicks fan as there is… But there is no way the Knicks can afford Nash. He will easily get 8-10 Million… Almost double the Knicks MLE
    J Kidd is too old
    We’ll probably be looking at a Dragic or Foye coming off the bench with Linn starting. Sucks

    • franchiseplaya - Jun 28, 2012 at 12:14 PM

      dragic?! no way the rockets let him go.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Jun 28, 2012 at 4:27 PM

        Dragic is 10 times better than Lin right now, and the Rockets know they’re losing Lowry. No way Goran is leaving Houston.

  5. knightrider1755 - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Nash sees dollar signs. He’s looking for the big payout to take him into retirement.

  6. ccshocktalk - Jun 28, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    When it comes down to it, he’ll need not just decent money (for the respect factor) he’ll also need a strong chance to win a championship.

    If Dallas is looking for a solid point guard and can’t get D-Will, why not bring back Nash to pair with Dirk and chase a ring together. They have money and some decent players to play with

    He wont be going to Chicago because they’re cheap bastards and near the tax threshold I think, Lakers wont get him because they are cheap as well. Right now realistically he may just finish out with the Suns, or head to Dallas, but Knicks fans and Nets fans really shouldn’t get themselves too worked up over this situation because he most likely isn’t going to the eastern conference, or two of the worst teams in the eastern conference anytime soon.

    Nash stays with the suns or heads to Dallas…not sure anyone else has decent mid level exception and a strong chance to win a championship except maybe Miami but they already have Chalmers.

    • 20dollardinners - Jun 28, 2012 at 12:47 PM

      Disagree.

      1. Phoenix is rebuilding and their management has made a lot of questionable decisions. He will not be back.

      2. Dallas is D-Will or bust right now. If they do sign D-Will is Nash ok with playing 15-18 minutes? Maybe, but probably not.

      There are a lot more options than 2 teams amigo.

      • ccshocktalk - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:56 PM

        Phoenix will always want Nash…and to say otherwise is just retarded.

        Dallas just wants an all star on its team to go with Dirk, D-Will or Nash, or whoever they can get their hands on and that’s all they care about. Getting an all star.

        Maybe more than two choices, but not more than two logical choices.

  7. goawaysteve - Jun 28, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Go away Steve, it is time for the Suns to rebuild. We don’t want you back! All we get with you is another late lottery pick which will turn out to be nothing. We need to suck so we can get a top five pick next year.

  8. eflem80 - Jun 28, 2012 at 3:26 PM

    I really hope the Knicks don’t get him. This is NOT the way they need to go. He’s old, plays ZERO defense & does not fit Woodson’s offense. Get a solid back up for Lin (Felton) & a solid back up for Chandler (Camby). If possible, make a run @ Mayo…if not….jut stand pat with Smith & Fields until Shump returns in January. All Nash would do is bring early season hype & slow any progress of Lin.

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