The Toronto Raptors really need a point guard. This off-season, the Raptors are planning to make their run at Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash. The Raptors believe he can come without much hassle, seeing as he's Canadian and all.
However, in all honesty, Nash to the Raptors doesn't seem likely; he isn't getting any younger and he seems to want to head to a contender to finally get a ring.
Knowing that a deal for Nash can fail, the Raptors are considering going after New York Knicks' Jeremy Lin.
Writes the New York Daily News:
Toronto will be in direct competition with the Knicks for Steve Nash. But Nash is expected to look to sign with a bona fide contender, and the Knicks and Raptors don’t fit that description. The Raptors are also a potential landing spot for Jeremy Lin. They like him and what he’d do for their attendance, but Toronto would have to “back-load” an offer to the restricted free agent, paying him gazillions in the final couple of years of a deal, and hope that the Knicks would not match. According to league sources, that’s what the Raptors just might do if their Nash plan falls through. But considering that the Knicks have no other viable options at point guard, and Lin has been nothing short of a marketing dream, they’re seen as a lock to match any offer.
The Raptors have been rebuilding ever since Chris Bosh left during the summer of 2010. We'll see what they plan to do this off-season.
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