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Steve Nash traded to Lakers for package of picks

Jul 4, 2012, 8:39 PM EDT

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The Los Angeles Lakers just lost out on getting Chris Paul just before last season, but it looks like they now have the point guard that turns them into a contender again. They are now the West Coast superstar team to compete with the Miami Heat.

Multiple sources say the Suns have come to a deal to send Steve Nash to the Lakers for L.A.’s 2013 and 2015 first-round picks and 2013 and 2014 second-round picks

First to report this was John Gambadoro, a Phoenix area radio host who tweeted:

Nash to LA for multiple picks all but done!!!

ESPN’s Marc Stein confirmed and added this is a story:

 Sources told that the Nash, with the New York Knicks also pressing hard to complete a simiilar sign-and-trade deal, was swayed to join the Lakers after a determined push from Kobe Bryant and because the move not only keeps him in the title hunt but will allow Nash to stay in close proximity to his three children in Phoenix.

Nash will receive a three-year deal in excess of $25 million, sources said, because the Suns ultimately agreed to sign-and-trade him to the Lakers, who can absorb Nash via the trade exception they created by dealing Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks in December.

Being close to his family that is in Phoenix while still being with a contender was “90 percent” of the reason for the decision, Nash’s agent Bill Duffy told Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Nash wanted this and the Suns relented because he stayed with them before, because of the good relationship they had for the past eight years.

Frank Isola, a New York Daily reporter we trust (and NBC Sports Network regular) tweeted this:

One of Steve Nash’s close friends is convinced that he’s ending up with the Lakers. So there’s that. (Will they let him wear Wilt’s No. 13)… I promise to listen to Steve Nash’s friend from now on. He was saying Lakers all day.

We told you recently that the Lakers wanted to get in the Steve Nash sweepstakes. And you can see why the Lakers would want Nash — they have about a three-year window with Kobe Bryant, and you put Nash with Kobe and Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum and suddenly the Lakers are right there with the Heat (and the Thunder). After two years of second round exits the Lakers are title contenders.

By moving their picks the Lakers have sold out to win now. Which is the smart play for them. They are maximizing a championship window.

This deal seemed like a long shot because we knew Suns fans would want to hang owner Robert Sarver in effigy. At least. And reports had the Raptors offering $12 million and the Knicks closing in on a deal. The Lakers seemed to be on the outside.

However, it is a reality. Nash likely steps into the nearly $9 million trade exception the Lakers had from moving Lamar Odom a year ago.

And somewhere, Kobe Bryant is smiling.

110 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. cosanostra71 - Jul 4, 2012 at 8:42 PM

    this made my day!

    • moseskkim - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:20 PM

      *waiting for David stern to veto the trade somehow and not make my day

      • cosanostra71 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:24 PM

        haha. I hope not.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:30 PM

      same here man! just great!

  2. acdc363 - Jul 4, 2012 at 8:44 PM

    Wow this is nuts! I can’t wait to watch this team!

  3. diehardcard - Jul 4, 2012 at 8:50 PM

    Why does Robert Sarver hate his fanbase? To trade Nash, the only MVP in team history, to your division rival, your arch-nemesis…unforgivable.

    • diehardcard - Jul 4, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      *2time MVP. I know Barkley got one too.

  4. dwighthowardisamazing - Jul 4, 2012 at 8:51 PM

    The spurs are still a contender too…

  5. btwicey - Jul 4, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Nash is on his Last legs , that’s why.

  6. dal24la - Jul 4, 2012 at 8:53 PM

    Lakers got Nash!
    This is the best 4th of July since America declared it’s independence for me!
    We miss out on CP3 but get CP3 as consolation.

    • dal24la - Jul 4, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      I can’t wait for all the haters, especially the ones who wanted Nash on their team to say: “Nash isn’t really that good, he won’t make Lakers any better.”

      • kinggw - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:37 PM

        Allow me to be the first “hater” to tell you that adding a 38 year old defensive liability isnt going to help the Lakers that much. Picking up a past their prime future hall of famer doesnt guarantee success. The Lakers tried that before in 04, how did that work out?

      • dal24la - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:47 PM

        Just because you think Steve Nash won’t make Lakers a contender doesn’t make you a hater. But if you are one of those ppl who were bragging about how great Nash would be but now say he sucks because he is coming to LA, then yes that is hating.

        Also I like how you ignored all of his positive qualities and just called him a defensive liability.
        And he might be 38 but that didn’t stop him from balling last year…

      • loungefly74 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:55 PM

        04? didn’t the Lakers go to the Finals? sure they lost to a strong chemistry Pistons…but were favored. I guess my point is they did pretty good….ya freakin’ hater.

      • purpleronin - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:11 AM

        ‘adding a 38 year old defensive liability isnt going to help the Lakers that much..’

        Nash’s O-ffense more than makes up for his defensive liabilty. I’d rather add a defensive liabilty who can score and make players around him better to a top-tier defensive team than an offensive liability anyways…

        ‘Picking up a past their prime future hall of famer doesnt guarantee success.’

        The only thing that guarantees success is winning – period.

    • dal24la - Jul 4, 2012 at 8:55 PM

      *on CP3 but get Nash

  7. chadinkc30 - Jul 4, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Let’s not forget that Steve Nash was a free agent who could of just left Suns with nothing! Only reason its a trade is because the Lakers needed it to fit under cap w trade exception. A package of picks is better than NOTHING!

  8. acieu - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Isn’t he 38 or 39 years of age?

    • cosanostra71 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:05 PM

      He’s 38. Born January 7, 1974.

      • cosanostra71 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:06 PM

        *February 7. Still feeling the after effects of Fourth of July!

  9. namriverrat69 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Yabba dabba doo!

  10. patfic15 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    I hate the Lakers but I love this trade for Steve Nash.

  11. buffalo65 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:04 PM

    Now he will never win his title.

  12. saint1997 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:07 PM

    the nba remains interesting

  13. dimiandmac1 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:13 PM

    Ok first off I just want to start off by saying im a celtics fan and I hate the lakers! I do however love steve nash, he will go down as a top 10 player at the gaurd position all time. my thought on the matter of the trade is that I dont think that os what the lakers were missing…granted they got better, but not by much. The team still has no bench, and I dont believe thwy can keep up with the heat and okc on the dedensive end. Im ok with this trade because at thw end of the day I think my celtics will have a better team next year than these lakers!

    • sasquash20 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:56 PM

      Top 10 all time guard????? Are you on crack?? Guy doesn’t even play a little bit of defense. No team he was ever on has ever won anything. The Lakers may be able to win(because they are one of the best franchises ever and should still be trying to add guys) it but just adding him won’t cut it. Maybe top 10 offensive guards who play no defense.

      • badintent - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:36 PM

        Barkely never played D ever, except on Pippen. Yeah a top 10 guard, top 5 in games played, assists, steals, shooting average for guard( FG, FT and 3s) , etc.2 MVPs and his stats dipped only 10 % after those 2 great seasons. Besides when you don’t play D, like the Showtime Lakers of the 80’s , you don’t foul out either. Nash could have easily drawn charging fouls but didn’t want to risk re-injuring a bad back. His Basketball IQ is off the charts, he already knew the plays the opposing guard was trying to run.. you just got schooled………………

      • passerby23 - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:53 AM

        I’m sorry, but the guy IS a top 10 point guard of all-time. He’s been to multiple Conference Finals (which isn’t too shabby) and won two MVPs (and should’ve won a third). How a two-time MVP isn’t considered one of the greatest point guards of all-time is seriously amiss. On top of that, the guy has made everyone around him better…a lot better.

        That being said, there is the defensive concern, the age, his health, and lack of Laker bench that all make things a little dicier than some people think.

  14. merchie89 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:23 PM

    Umm the suns may have gotten a steal here. Yes they are the Lakers but by 2015 Pau, Bynum, and Kobe will all have been UFAs so they could be gone.

    Pau is gone by then for sure and in 3 years Nash is gonna be dried bones.

    2015 could be a pretty decent pick for a FA who was just gonna leave anyways

  15. chadinkc30 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    Um respect the Celts, but nooo way they’ll have a better team! This trade tells me that Bynum is more likely gone than Gasol, & Howard will probably flip flop on whether or not he wants to go to LA. If he doesn’t, he obviously doesn’t want to win a ring & is a loser haha

  16. loungefly74 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:26 PM

    YES! so happy! man o’ man…when i heard the Lakers were interested, it was a nice thought…but with all the articles/blogs saying the Lakers didnt have a good chance, i agreed. yeah, on a earlier blog here i wrote if nash wanted a title, go to LA…if he wants $$$ go to raptors. im so happy. God bless America!

    • bchapman2011 - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:35 AM

      Haha…….I took a quick stroll through all of the Laker articles. You posted over 30 times on July 4th? Nothing better to do? I am sorry.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 5, 2012 at 11:00 AM

        30 times? didn’t think it was that many…no, don’t worry…had the past few days off…BBQed at the house…had some nice microbrews…some neighbors over…enjoyed our steak and fish tacos…my better half is an IT guru so that means we have pretty good technology available which means checking PBT is no problem from several devices we have…I had time to check…its not a big deal…heck, even checking when i’m working is not a big deal. BUT thank you for your concern…(yeah, its 11 AM my time…its great to be in a position to check the internet any time). hope you had a good 4th as well…

  17. camnellum12 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Wow, I haven’t been this excited since the Game 7 win of the 2010 Finals. Nash can’t wear No.13, Wilt’s number is retired, he’ll probably wear No.4. And I still wonder if we can sign Ramon Sessions some way. I know Nash said he has 3 years left on his legs, but hopefully Sessions can come back, he can be our future PG. But damn, this made my day! Banner 17 coming soon baby!

  18. ballsohard88 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    Lakers don’t rebuild, they reload!

  19. bchapman2011 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:34 PM

    Everybody who cried that the Lakers got nothing for Odom can now shut their mouths. Never underestimate Kupchak. The Lakers are not done yet. They still have another mega deal in the works. Bet on it.

  20. pistolpete0903 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:35 PM

    This one won’t just work. Kobe likes to handle the ball (remember Fish was essentially a shooter, although he was the ‘point guard’). Also Nash is a defensive liability; where are you going to hide him.
    Unless Nash comes off the bench (or Kobe limits his own minutes), this one ain’t going to help the Lakers much.

    • adfranco - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:47 PM

      That’s cause Fisher and Sessions always gave the ball to Kobe whenever he asked for it. Nash isn’t going to go for that if it isn’t a good play…he will make smarter decisions. I guarantee you Bynum and Gasol will be getting more touches next season. Kobe is the one who swayed Nash anyways; he knows how Nash plays.

  21. ccshocktalk - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    It doesn’t matter who your favorite team is, if you seriously believe that Nash+Kobe+Bynum+ Pau = anything but contention for the championship then you are not smarter than a fifth grader.

    Hands down this lineup is better than any lineup they’ve had since Shaq left.

    • camnellum12 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:39 PM

      We still need a bench. Our Core Four is great, but a good bench wins championships, look at Miami.

      On a side note, if Ray Allen can somehow re-sign in Boston, another Lakers-Celtics NBA Finals would be nice. Their 4 vs. our 4, too excited!

      • dal24la - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:49 PM

        True we do need a bench and our Defense MUST improve but this is still our best starting line up since Shaq left…

      • tomtravis76 - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:16 AM

        Celtics are not playing for the title next season. Its Miami vs whomever gets out of the West. The Heat look like they are about to go on one of those dynasty type runs.

        The Lakers are going to be real tough as long as everyone stays healthy and happy. If they were somehow to swing a Love for Gasol trade, then you have to put LA v Miami for the trophy.

    • bchapman2011 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:47 PM

      You are getting carried away. They still need a more athletic and younger small forward and 2 or 3 bench players. Good start though.

      • camnellum12 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:49 PM

        Didn’t I already address about our bench problems?

      • bchapman2011 - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:00 PM

        “Our” bench problems? Sorry I didn’t know I was speaking with MR Buss.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:11 PM

        ““Our” bench problems? Sorry I didn’t know I was speaking with MR Buss.”

        bchapman2011 has his panties in a bunch…for cryin out loud…when fans say “we, our, my, etc…” about the team…its a term of endearment you dumb muthaf*cker. are you that f*ckin stupid? he is a fan…he has loyalties to that team. are you fu*kin kidding me with you stupid d-bag statement, ya idiot? only stupid F*cks like you wouldnt realize that…ya probably dont even have a team, ya f*ckin tard.

        im very happy for MY Lakers….

      • loungefly74 - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:22 PM

        errr…sorry about that last comment by me above…just ignore it…my bad.

      • progress2011 - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:57 AM

        Maggott Fly….ahahaha

        Dude, you are about to stroke out ! The fact remains:

        1. Your defense has suffered the past 2 years, as evidenced by getting ran outta the gym by Dallas and beaten like a drum by the Thunder.

        2. CP3, Parker and Westbrook will go for 30+ EVERY NIGHT against Nash. They probably can’t sleep, thinking about what new cross-over moves they are gonna put on dude. ahahahaa

        3. The same complaints lakers had about D-Fish, not being able to stay in-front of anyone, is the same complaint you have now.

        Maggott, after your last outburst you are gonna need stronger Bi-Polar meds by the All-Star break, when you realize….”YOUR TEAM ” has ZERO chance of winning…..ahahahaha

      • bozosforall - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:14 AM

        Probeda$$2011…typical know-nothing Laker hater. Lakers will be better than YOUR team, whomever they are. Count on it.

      • loungefly74 - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:31 AM

        progress2011…i know you are sooo pissed right now. i knew you were going to say Nash sucks now all of the sudden…because he is on the Lakers!

        you are pathetic. i wonder how this move affects your team’s positioning…oh wait..thats right! you dont root for or have a team! you spend all your time hating on the Lakers!

        about my “outburst”…i realized it was in poor taste trying to include as many profane words as i could. thats it.

    • kinggw - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:50 PM

      That might be true if this was 06. This team is still not getting past the second round. Nash is most effective on an uptempo team, being on the Lakers will curb some of his effectiveness. In a half court system, Nash is nothing special especially at his age. This move reeks of short sighted desperation by the Lakers management. Nash to the Lakers looks good on paper, but I would still take the other team in LA over the geriatric Lakers.

  22. carolinakid - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:36 PM

    WOW ! I’m no Laker fan by any means but the Thunder better keep their eyes open on this one. Sick trade ! The west is wild again !

    Still …. Lebron gets ring # 2 and Wade #3 in 2013 !

    • ccshocktalk - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:13 PM

      Um, there are probably 29 other teams that didn’t get that memo. Out of those 29 at least 10 of them would beg to differ, and most likely throw a wrench into that 2013 celebration.

      It would be one thing if they dominated OKC in every game but the fact that the games were usually decided by fewer than 7 points when all of your 3 headed monster played at their best and OKC rarely had anyone besides Durant and Westbrook show up…

      Lakers, Spurs, OKC, Clippers, Celtics, Pacers, Nets, Sixers all may test Miami in a full regular season…

  23. BigBeachBall - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    great deal for the suns… horrible for the lakers….

  24. adfranco - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Love this trade! Didn’t think it would happen since Nash couldn’t see himself a Laker, but wow, what a surprise. Before the haters leave their usual comments, I will say yes, Nash is old, yes defense is a foreign concept to him, but he still made this team better. After the CP3 veto, they needed a star point guard. Nash will make Bynum and Gasol better too with his passing…he will get it into the post and won’t be the type of PG that will always be influenced to give it to Kobe. He will make smart decisions. The Lakers still need to improve their bench though and the small forward position. But for a team who could have beaten the Thunder if they had another offensive weapon and smarter decisions down the stretch, great pickup.

  25. fordmandalay - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:42 PM

    I’m glad that Steve Nash finally has the chance to play for a winner, he’s one of the real class acts of the NBA, and I hope that he’ll have 2 more years of good play. And for those wondering about how the Lakers will rebuild without those draft picks – the Lakers don’t build through the draft, they wait for players to develop then ‘find a way’ to get them.

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