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Report: Suns offer Steve Nash $6 mill a year for just two years

Jul 3, 2012, 8:59 AM EDT

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If true, can Steve Nash look at this as anything other than disrespect?

Not that he was headed back to Phoenix anyway, but Paul Cavlvisi of KSTAR radio in Phoenix reports the Suns offer is two years, $6 million per year. (Via IamaGM.com).

Take that with a grain of salt. But the two years thing was expected from Phoenix, that I don’t doubt. On the money side, that would be about half what the Raptors have already offered if true.

The Knicks are still trying to do a sign-and-trade to bring in Nash to his summer home, while if Deron Williams stays in Brooklyn you can bet Dallas will jump in with a healthy offer for Nash to reunite him with Dirk Nowitzki.

Nash would be smart to be patient and let the market come to him. He’ll get both money and a good landing spot if he’s patient.

  1. karlton2 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Pacers are still the perfect fit, all they need to do is agree before july 11 and they can sign Nash, Hibbert, and Hill.

    • knightrider1755 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:33 AM

      Hibbert is going to Portland.

      • pglive21 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        Maybe he is, but he can’t do it unless the Pacers make the conscious decision not to bring him back. It’s definitely not in Hibbert’s, or Portland’s hands.

  2. reesesteel23 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:31 AM

    Who else are they paying that they cant pay Steve?….absurd

    • gmen4life33 - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      I know right. And if the Suns weren’t going to be serious about resigning him (and wanted to rebuild), why didn’t they trade him for picks at trade deadline? Lose him for nothing when you weren’t even a contender last year? Makes no sense

  3. knightrider1755 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:32 AM

    For that kind of money he might as well go to the Knicks.

  4. jjthesportsguy - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    What a terrible effort to keep him in Phoenix. These are the kind of things that get a fan base to turn on your organization…how Suns fans haven’t already with the organization’s years of blunders is beyond me.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:58 AM

      you are right. the suns basically have abandoned ship with Nash (who is still a game changer). and unfortunately, Phoenix is just not a preferred destination. and its sad for the fans…they had a very competitive team for several years, maybe just a few moves away from a title appearance…but this is a huge blow and will take a couple seasons to recover from.

    • borderline1988 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:25 AM

      Why would they keep him?
      To have another 2 or 3 years of middling basketball, where they are just not good enough to make the playoffs, but good enough to not get a top draft pick? That’s the dreaded middle zone.

      Suns offer was just to save grace; they obviously don’t want him back. It’s time to move on. This makes sense for the Suns and Nash (why wouldn’t he want to join a contender at this point?). Nash isn’t a stupid guy, and he doesn’t let his ego or emotions dictate his thought process. He knows that his departure from Phoenix makes sense from every angle.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:36 AM

        i see your point and its valid. i guess there’s just a couple ways to look at it. like you said, the Suns are moving on…they tried and contended for several years but the window is closed. a view management is taking. the fan’s view is (which only means so much) they feel losing a NBA icon is a disturbing blow and this is a reality check of the dreaded “rebuilding process”. no fan likes that. i’m sure they would feel better to keep Nash, try to add some good FA pieces and hope for the playoffs like any team trying to succeed would.
        in the end…you may be right…but damn those emotions!

      • jolink653 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:36 AM

        i agree…the suns aren’t going anywhere any time soon and the worst thing they can do is to be in that middle of the pack area where they don’t make the playoffs but are never bad enough to wind up in the lottery…time to move on from nash and look to rebuild from the ground up…nash is more of a complimentary part now anyway at this point in his career

      • borderline1988 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:55 AM

        I’m also a Raptors fan, so take my view on this with a grain of salt.

        We are desperate to land him. Fans, media, players, management – the entire city of Toronto has been buzzing with the excitement of Nash signing in Toronto. He would be an instant icon here; no matter what he does on the court, he will be revered like Doug Gilmour.

        $36 million in guaranteed money to a 38 year old with a bad back…that’s how badly Toronto wants him. How can he walk away from that kind of money? There’s no way he gets half that from any other NBA team…

      • gmen4life33 - Jul 3, 2012 at 1:13 PM

        Agree with everything you guys said about the Suns needing to move on and rebuild, but why didn’t the Suns trade him b4 the deadline if this was their feeling? Its not like they were a contender where keeping Nash for one last run at the title made sense.

        POR got the #6 pick for an expiring Wallace contract. Suns are going to get nothing for losing Steve freaking Nash. Thats not how you rebuild.

      • borderline1988 - Jul 3, 2012 at 2:26 PM

        They didn’t trade Nash b/c:

        1) They were right there in terms of making the playoffs..trading away Nash at that point would make Suns fans even more pissed

        2) Most teams wouldn’t trade away a high lottery pick for an expiring contract. The Nets are in a league of their own in that regard. Most analysts believe the Nets were crazy to trade a first-rounder for Wallace. I doubt the Nets would have traded for Nash though, b/c their target is Deron Williams.
        Otherwise, the Suns wouldn’t have gotten much for Nash. Management probably probed around for trades last season, but when nothing great came up, they just figured that they’d keep the fans happy and look to rebuild through the draft anyways,

      • jjthesportsguy - Jul 26, 2012 at 2:18 PM

        Because he was the one guy that puts fans in the seats on that team…who is going to now? Beasley?…doubtful. You ride Nash until he retires if you can convince him to stay, and take advantage of the revenue he creates for your team. Without Grant Hill and Shannon Brown, Nash would have been in trouble….but people still would have showed up to see them. I’m not sure Kendall Marshall is quite the guy you’re looking for in the lottery…but I guess you have to put someone that the PG spot. A sign and trade to Toronto is what made the most sense, cause they should have paid him 40 mill over 4 years. The things Nash would have done for that organization, being from Canada are unthinkable.

  5. joshm5683 - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:40 AM

    That just kind of proves what everyone already knew about the Suns organization. Bill Simmons said it best on his podcast a few days ago. Phoenix fans deserve Steve Nash but that organization doesn’t. I know he said it would be hard to put on a Lakers uniform and he doesn’t seem like a guy who holds a grudge, but after that slap in the face of an offer I would think he’d be inclined to put on a Lakers jersey and torch the Suns 4x a year for the next few years

  6. jjthesportsguy - Jul 3, 2012 at 9:53 AM

    He is going to get about 40-50 million over 4 years from the Raptors. You should all go listen to Bill Simmons’ last BS Report. Nash is beloved in Canada…the Raptors can’t afford not to get him, and it would be pretty hard for them to overpay for Nash considering all he would do for that organization both on and off the court.

  7. scalfor3 - Jul 3, 2012 at 10:58 AM

    if i am nash, i go to dallas. they can afford to pay him decently, they don’t suck (raptors), he’d still be starting (unlike the knicks), and he gets to play with his old buddy dirk. add a couple of pieces and they could be right back in it in the west

  8. dysraw1 - Jul 3, 2012 at 11:05 AM

    take the money Stevie you earned every dime, when the raps, get a post season berth,ppl will know how great you really are

  9. franchiseplaya - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:03 PM

    this confuses me. what a slap in the face to nash and his loyalty. why even make a pitch to keep him at all if this is the best you can muster? if the team had resigned itself that they were going to lose nash all along, then why didn’t they make efforts to trade him for something? i thought that the team would at least make a competitive offer and hope that steves loyalty would count for something. now he’ll walk away for sure and with a bad taste in his mouth to boot. gross mismanagement on behalf of the suns.

  10. chiadam - Jul 3, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Really, is there a worse owner in sports than Robert Sarver? He’s just lucky enough to operate in a league with Donald Sterling and the silly, broke Maloofs.

  11. thetruth113 - Jul 3, 2012 at 3:09 PM

    How could any player want to actually come here and play for market value when they see the owner treating the franchise like this? Phoenix has a great fan base and it’s a great place to live. We’ve never needed to overpay to players and with Nash on the team players were thrilled to come here. Now we’re relegated to where we’re going to have to overpay to attract anyone to play for this piece of shit owner

  12. rmcdonald23 - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:40 PM

    He is one of the few NBA players who deserves whatever he wants! Whoever gets him will still get the best deal out there!!!!! I wish we could get him at Charlotte!

  13. jolink653 - Jul 3, 2012 at 4:47 PM

    the only thing nash is missing is a ring which is why i don’t think he’ll wind up in toronto…why would he want to spend the last few years of his career playing on a losing team who at best would wind up losing in the first round if they even made the playoffs? obviously i’m hoping he comes here to play for the knicks but i’m not holding my breath…i just really hope he doesn’t wind up in miami

  14. CaJonMcChicken - Jul 3, 2012 at 8:07 PM

    Robert Sarver destroyed Phoenix. They went from having a white light bright future with Nash, joe Johnson, Marion and stoudemire to having a man make disrespectful offers to Nash. (also to joe Johnson). Despicable! I understand it’s a business but you gotta spend money to make money. .

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