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Report: Raptors will offer Steve Nash $12 million a year

Jul 1, 2012, 11:00 AM EDT

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It sounds like Steve Nash is done in Phoenix.

With Deron Williams just flipping a coin between Dallas and Brooklyn, this may make Nash the most interesting free agent to watch this July. Does he chase a ring and head to Miami (they are reportedly going to make an offer)? Does he sign with his second home in New York?

Or, I can think of $12 million reasons he might want to head to Toronto. From Sam Amick at Sports Illustrated.

Their pitch to Nash will focus on his chance to return to his native Canada and dramatically help what the Raptors are building while becoming even more of a legend in his native country. Nash has extensive Raptors ties, among them his connections to former Suns GM Colangelo to his time with former Raptors coach and current Vice President of pro scouting Jay Triano, who worked with Nash on the Canadian Olympic team.

Sources confirmed that the Raptors are likely to offer a deal that pays approximately $12 million annually, though it remains to be seen whether it is for three guaranteed years or two years with a team option in the third season.

If you don’t think the size of the offer matters to Nash you have not been listening to him — he said that money equals respect in the NBA.

However, spare me the “Nash going home to Canada” thing. Not that he doesn’t love Canada, but Toronto is not home. Vancouver is. And if you think those are near the same things than you are worse at Canadian geography and culture than the average American third grader.

I don’t think this is where he lands. But it’s not out of the question. I can give you $12 million reasons why.

  1. lucky5934 - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Yeah, but it’s the Raptors…

    • passerby23 - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:25 PM

      Things change quickly in the NBA. Nash has the ability to lure other free agents (which the Raptors have the cap space to do). They can amnesty Calderon, which opens the door to offer more money for a productive wing player a la Nicolas Batum.

      Some good young pieces and athleticism in Toronto. How many quality free agents came to Toronto when Carter was lighting it up back in the day? The same thing can happen again.

  2. mydadyourmom - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:23 AM

    Cman Nash! Do it! He’s actually from Victoria though, not Vancity.

  3. Mr. Wright 212 - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    New York.

    • truthhurtstoo - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:19 PM

      wrong again mr. wrong.

  4. charlutes - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Kurt gets points for understanding Canadian sports fans

    • lucky5934 - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:36 AM

      Perhaps… But he is still in the negative.

  5. hartdaddy - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    He’s better off staying in PHX, same kind of team, more money to be made, less backlash for leaving a non contender to join another non contender.

  6. imforbigblue - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    If he goes there then he never cared about winning a title and he’s all about the money because he will never win there

  7. diablito0402 - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    3 million to miami, 3 to new york or 12 to toronto, hmmm interesting, money and respect, or minimum wage, role player and possibly glory.

    • hus10188 - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:52 AM

      No brainer. Who would turn down that type of money and take much less to ‘possibly’ win a ring – nothing is guaranteed if he joins the Heat.

  8. mydadyourmom - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:51 AM

    How are the Knicks any more appealing than the Raps from a basketball point of view. Both have no chance to contend.

    • gmen4life33 - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      Yea, its not like Nash and Amare (make each other better) got to the Western Conf Finals 3 years ago, and if you add Melo to that team, along with Defensive MVP Chandler (whos amazing at finishing lob passes, wonder if Nash will like that), plus good role players, there is NO WAY that team can contend…..

      • Kurt Helin - Jul 2, 2012 at 10:14 AM

        How is ‘Melo going to react if you run the offense through Nash and not him? Ask D’Antoni about that.

      • gmen4life33 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:42 PM

        I think he will be fine with it because Nash is a former MVP. Melo was fine with offense going through Billups when he was healthy, because he respected him. Not wanting your Offense run through Shump, Toney Douglas, Bibby, and even Lin is one thing, Steve Nash is different.

      • gmen4life33 - Jul 2, 2012 at 12:47 PM

        And you said it yourself, Nash is at the age that he DOESNT want to have to score or assist every time down the floor. Melo will have plenty of “get the ball to Melo and space out” offensive sets. But there will also be Nash/Stat pick n’ rolls thrown into the mix so defense cant “team up” on Melo

    • damp1015 - Jul 1, 2012 at 7:44 PM

      Well let’s see….
      Raptors don’t have Barbosa anymore, and Calderon may leave and the rest ain’t that great.
      Knicks – yes drama filled this past season however you have a full season with a new HC and a starting 5 that has proven they can be devastating.
      C- Tyson Chandler
      PF – STAT
      SF – Melo
      SG – Shumpert
      PG – Lin
      And yes I’m a diehard Knicks fan and I know our flaws so go ahead and hate. But Nash can mentor Lin and we can CONTEND, you will see.

      • bigmeechy74 - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:52 PM

        put down the crackpipe

  9. dysraw1 - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    yeah Stevie take the money, there’s no denying how great a player Steve Nash is, but hes not what id want at this stage of his career. the Knicks need a point who can stay in front of his man and cause problems on the defensive end. i wonder how come i have not heard any teams even mention Jameer Nelson we need someone in that mode

  10. trevormcnamara - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:55 AM

    Nash,ross,derozen,bargnani,and valcunias with davis and calderon off te bench is not that bad of a team at all. Might even get into the playoffs if ross and valcunias excel.

  11. Tim Donaghy Institute of Refereeing - Jul 1, 2012 at 11:56 AM

    Wow, bitter ending there, Kurt. Are you mad that he won’t join the Heat?

  12. isujames - Jul 1, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    This team has and never will go anywhere with or without him.If Steve wants to win a RING NEXT YEAR GO 2 THE HEEEEEEEEAAAAAAATTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • shawnclark976 - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:07 PM

      OR he could go to the thunder, id love to have him teach westbrook a thing or two about assists…

  13. theawesomersfranchise - Jul 1, 2012 at 1:37 PM

    Canadians outside of Ontario and Toronto….usually dislike Ontario and Toronto.
    If he signs in Toronto it’s about the money, not because they are in Canada

  14. harrisryan - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:28 PM

    Its a done deal. There is just no way he turns down that much money.

    Put yourself in his shoes, this is the last “payday” for him and he knows it.

    Im also positive the Raps will let it be known that Steve will have a job after he retires too, whether its coaching or in the front office. The Raptors need an identity, and if Steve Nash is the guy on the poster, thats a step in the right direction.

  15. atwatercrushesokoye - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:33 PM

    Portland is as close to home as he can get, but the Raptors “local” tv market includes all of Canada so from that aspect he can continue working on his Canadian hero legacy better with the Raps. Another factor could be that he’s now the GM of the Canadian national basketball team, I believe Canada Basketball is based in Toronto.

  16. lakerluver - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:37 PM

    Sooo, let’s see what’s REALLY important to Nash.

  17. daknight93 - Jul 1, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    too many fantasy couch GMs just hoping…lol

  18. charlutes - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:27 PM

    @lucky5934 The top 2 NBC writers in my books are Craig Calcattera, if I spelled that right and Kurt Hellen. Even they drive my crazy sometimes. Its the nature of opinion blogs, humans just enjoy to disagree. I find Mathew pouliot the hate machine hard to read, Florio needs to just go away. Craig C of hbt loves batman and though he’s often too cute and somewhat soft, he’s smart and thoughtful and his best quality, he actually loves baseball makes him my favorite blogger in the NBC fam

    • badintent - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:38 PM

      the check is in the mail. signed Craig

  19. badintent - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:31 PM

    it’s important not to play with Ballhogg King Kobe Much more Ad $$$ in NYC and much smarter Wall street chicks.LA babbling bimbi.

  20. thetooloftools - Jul 1, 2012 at 4:42 PM

    That’s the problem with the NBA.. it’s all about the $ or once the pile get so big from endorsements you just collude with your buddies to get a ring.
    The NBA is in fee fall because people are not going to stand for this crap much longer. Charles Oakley and others would have broken off your head and put in in a wall if you drove the lane…. now these punks tote the rock with impunity because they know the NBA is driven by STARS and they can’t be touched.
    When people argue these players are some of the best ever… I beg to differ. They are the most PROTECTED players ever and that weakness in handcuffing the defense has made it so.
    I hated Bill Laimbeer… but he would knock you on your (|) no matter what your paycheck said and the more I see this wussy ball.. the more I respect him.
    oh.. and before I go… Nice into draft night David Stern… they almost booed you off the stage before you opened your mouth and then you put your hand up to your ear… why didn’t you just flip them off?
    Didn’t you make a big enough of an (|) of yourself on the Jim Rome Show?
    P L E A S E.

    • md23rewlz - Jul 1, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      A star-driven league? Man, who wants that? Too entertaining for my tastes. Give me more Brian Cardinal or give me death.

  21. polkhi - Jul 1, 2012 at 6:39 PM

    you give the average American 3rd grader way too much credit!

  22. buffalo65 - Jul 1, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    Knicks are terrible and a team with selfish players that a guy like Nash would hate to play with.
    Raps add Nash, Jose is bought out, add a good wing player. See you in the conference finals and Nash is a hero.
    Takes more guts to build a winner in TO than to hop on the all star gong show in Miami.

  23. dhillca - Jul 2, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    American third grader? I know plenty of adult Americans that don’t know where toronto OR Vancouver is located

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