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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. edweird0 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Lol at all the laker fans who swear they’re gunna win a championship now. The NBA Finals still go thru MIA, and good luck getting past the Thunder, you think they’re just gunna roll over after losing in the finals? They’re gunna torch the west with a vengeance. Sorry to break it to you laker fans but the weather forecast in the NBA is gunna be Thunder & Heat for the next half a decade at the very least.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      hmmm…you may be right but i like the Lakers chaces a lot more now. Nash is one of the best players that makes EVERYONE better. we will see…

  2. lakerseaglesdodgersfan - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    I mean while it still is a rental, nash has proven he can play at an elite level even with age and we keep our players, good trade.

    • bougin89 - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:41 AM

      This move is the opposite of a rental, the lakers agreed to a contract with Nash but needed to have the Suns agree to a sign and trade so they could use their trade exception to be able to acquire him as they do not have cap space. I do agree this is a good move for the Lakers especially being in win-now mode.

  3. flyers89 - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Lakers definitely improved however, what are they going to do five years from now when all they have is a very good but very cocky center? I know it’s got to be hard to balance future success with winning now but, jeeze they’re going to be getting their tails wooped by the thunder in a few years.

    • manchestermiracle - Jul 7, 2012 at 3:02 PM

      You mean after all those huge contracts come off the books? They’ll do the same thing they’ve been doing for 30 years now: Reload and piss off you L.A. haters yet again. Every few years the Lakers pull off another monster trade or signing. They often use draft picks as trade bait (they just aren’t that big a deal when you’re consistently picking at the end of the round) but when they do use them it’s for players like Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Gail Goodrich, Norm Nixon, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Derek Fisher. Oh, yeah, and lately some big geek named Andrew Bynum.

      Trades? FA signings? Kobe Bryant leads a long, long list, which includes the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O’Neal, Robert Horry,

      Don’t worry about where the Lakers will be in three, four, five years. Most likely they’ll have another ring (or two) and will be about to blow your mind with yet another titanic deal for a franchise player.

      Oh, and the Thunder already whooped their tails last year.

  4. snotienose - Jul 4, 2012 at 9:55 PM

    Steve is getting too old and worn out and won’t last ten minutes on the same team with the little rapster.

  5. lemfax - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:02 PM

    They can easily beat the Miami now. But If they can beat the Oklahoma???

    • progress2011 - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:09 AM

      Lem.. your comment is deficient in the area of intelligence !!!

      1. They would have to beat the Thunder to have the honor to play MIA, in a finals competition

      2. Miami beat the Thunder 4 games strait

      3. Have you ever watched a bball game

      no need to respond, it’s really not a question !

      • infectorman - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:53 PM

        You just plug in Miami to the finals like it ain’t not thing.
        Awfully assumptive for a team that brought to the edge of the abyss by a team full Old veterans in Boston.

        In fact, most people believe Boston beat Miami in 4 straight, since Stern wanted Miami to win game 2, as they did.

        mjami’s hold on the east will is tenuous at best and will ultimately be temporary.
        have a nice weekend

    • progress2011 - Jul 6, 2012 at 3:23 AM


      I guess you are Mrs. Cleo’s son, you got one of those fake crystal balls, talking in a fake Jamaican accent ….ahahahaha

      Since you giving predictions of the future. You definitely have predicted, the fakers won’t make it out of the first round !!!

  6. tashkalucy - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:07 PM

    The Laker players need to ignore Mike Brown when Steve has the ball.

    • itsthemelman82 - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:25 PM

      Don’t they all just listen to Kobe anyway??? Lakers will be fun to watch but, if they don’t play defense it won’t matter come playoff time. Defense & a bench, get that and LA might just push OKC.

      • tashkalucy - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:18 PM

        Kobe calls Howard and Dwight shows up next.

        Let’s see what happens when the Heat carry out their plans to move LeBron to PF and Bosh to C. Dwight vs. Bosh out to be interesting.

      • badintent - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:44 PM

        Told all of you Nash wanted to be close to his children, bottom line, $$ was the second issue only. LBJ never listened to Brown, BUT Nash will “Metta open in the corner, Nash swings the ball to him for a 3 attempt, Metta misses, Kobe screaming at Nash all the way down the court ! ” Same old song,Ball hog just not happy when wife and ball leave him ! Fakernation. Damnstraight

  7. dickclydesdale - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Nash had free will to run the offense in Phoeniz, in L.A. Kobe runs the brick show so i can’t say that Steve will have a real shot to get his career average of 8 assists. Maybe 4 is more realistic.

  8. cowboyscanada - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Oh Canada!!! Nash to LaKers!,,, Great news!!

  9. censoredpost - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:16 PM

    Now we move Pau. He still doesn’t fit this system and quite a few teams want him. I’m hoping the Wolves are serious enough to give up Love for him and Metta but this is the 4th of July not Christmas. Either way Pau is on the way out.

    • llfreedman - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:54 PM

      Pau and Nash pick-and-rolls!!!!!

    • Justin - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:16 AM

      Love for Pau? Keep dreaming…

      • bougin89 - Jul 5, 2012 at 9:51 AM

        Agreed…I have no idea why anyone would think The T-Wolves would give up Kevin Love for Pau and then to add Metta to the deal is even more ignorant.

        Minnesota: “Yes we’ll give you a better, younger, less expensive PF and we’ll also take on that horrible contract of Metta World Peace for your troubles”

        I mean Kahn has made some questionable decisions but he’s not that dumb.

  10. dickclydesdale - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    Lakers need a bench because steve blake is like casper the friendly ghost.

  11. soundsofsuccess7 - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:19 PM

    lol at the haters saying this doesn’t make them better than OKC.. OKC 2 studs, 2 good role players.. la, 3 studs and Pau gasol..

    • 1historian - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:19 PM

      and how old are the 3 ‘studs’?

      Not a hater – just asking a question

      • bozosforall - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:03 AM

        Not a hater? Please, child…Boston fans are BORN haters.

      • andyhr17 - Jul 5, 2012 at 5:35 AM

        Hey Bozo, by your logic that use use to criticize the Celtics you should hate this trade. Nash is 38 years old, even older than the Celtics Big 3 which you consider well past retirement age.

        After typing this I realized you’re an incredible hypocrite so why even wate my time.

    • andyhr17 - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:29 AM

      Actually, sorry for replying to your post. That means “you own me and are in my head”.

  12. jmays77 - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:39 PM

    Easy Miami and Laker fans. Lets worry about them getting out of their conferences first. East: Boston, Chicago, Indiana, and possibly Brooklyn. West: OKC, Memphis, San Antonio, and the Clippers. Easy people…

  13. isujames - Jul 4, 2012 at 10:55 PM

    This trade might just help them get out of the first round against Dallas, but come second round vs. Thunder or Spurs expect a sweep Laker hopefulls lol.2 little 2 late 2 Old

  14. isujames - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:03 PM

    Great, excellent for the Lakers I thought they should add some youth at the pg position but either way they don’t stand a chance against all the explosiveness and firepower of OKC.

  15. knightrider1755 - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Knicks fans lose out again!

  16. lmvs2012 - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:08 PM

    This a good dam news! Nash fooooo da win!..gyea!

  17. rocketsbb - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    I’m still waiting for lakerluver to comment….

  18. monkeyhateclean - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:25 PM

    At least they managed to keep Bynum, but they just added 6-7 more years before the Lakers become a relevant team in the West.

  19. kp20520 - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    The Lakers gave up a lot, so history should be the judge of this trade. The “what could’ve been” instead of Nash.

    Regardless, someone should ask David Stern if he forced Nash to the Lakers to make up for him rejecting the cp3 trade. I could see Kobe going to Stern’s office and demanding a point guard. Hopefully Stern goes ballistic and is forced into retirement….

  20. canehouse - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Bring it Kelly!!!

  21. lakerluver - Jul 4, 2012 at 11:58 PM

    D12 next? Nash might be 38 but he’s the greatest 38 year old pg ever!! He’s still better than 75% of the starting pg’s in the league.

    • loungefly74 - Jul 5, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      absolutely right. its a huge upgrade for our LAKERS! isn’t it funny to hear all the haters now claim that Nash sucks and is too old, blah, blah, etc? yeah…the guy’s PER (which i’m personally not a huge fan of) is above average and he lead the league in assist recently. the guy has a lot of tread. what he will do is create tons of offense. Defense? ya know, i’m okay with teams going to the jumpshot because with Gasol and Bynum in the paint, no way they dominate inside.

  22. chadinkc30 - Jul 5, 2012 at 12:31 AM

    Howard seems like a lock to me now! Just seems like a perfect match for everyone! Perfect for Gasol imo

    • BigBeachBall - Jul 5, 2012 at 3:06 AM

      howard would rather be a goon than play for titles….you’ll see him in a Nets jersey soon…

  23. progress2011 - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:28 AM

    Ahahahahahah…..Extreme Desperation at all costs !!!

    This is PURELY a move to keep the Staples center full, with foolish laker fans. This deal is about 4 years too late !

    1. Nash has NEVER been confused with a person that can play defense. He can’t stay in front of his own shadow !

    2. Kobe’s shooting percentage is at career lows. Eventhough he was the 2nd leading scorer, he took almost 300 more shots than Durant.

    3. In a division with Parker, CP3, Westbrook…..he will be a liability EVERY night!!!

    I will have to sign up for home delivery for my buckets of salt…to rub in your gaping wounds, by the All Star Break !!!! ahahahahaha

    • passerby23 - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:46 AM

      In fairness – and I agree age could be a major factor – Nash’s defense is less of a concern with Bynum and Gasol waiting in the paint. But still, it’s been the Lakers’ achilles heel for years now: penetration by quick and athletic point guards. That need hasn’t been corrected, but their offense just got a whole lot better.

      In addition to the concern about Nash’s back holding up, still no bench and virtually no money left to sign anyone. I sort of have a 2004 feeling when the Lakers signed Payton and Malone and we were talking 70 wins and a guaranteed ring. Nothing is guaranteed until it’s done on the floor.

  24. brianbosworthisstonecold - Jul 5, 2012 at 1:40 AM

    Nice! Now maybe Steve can find a good pubic hair surgeon in Beverly Hills for his noggin!

  25. BigBeachBall - Jul 5, 2012 at 2:16 AM

    Nash is going to overplay and get hurt… thats my prediction…

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