Steve Nash is one of about four guys whose names get mentioned every three seconds in relation to trade or free agency rumors.
Despite the fact that he is 38 years old, Nash, a two-time NBA MVP, is commanding a lot of attention these days. From who? Mostly teams who feel as though they’re a floor leader away from legitimacy.
At one point it was presumed that he would be willing to take a substantial pay cut in order to play for a contender; however, in recent weeks, Nash has made it clear that he isn’t planning on doing that. He apparently doesn’t feel as though he needs a championship to justify his place amongst the all-time greats.
Make of that what you will.
And so, because of Nash’s clear-cut desire to get proper financial incentive to play for whoever he’s ultimately going to play for, the rumors about him joining forces with Kobe Bryant in L.A. and LeBron James in Miami have fizzled out. What are his new likeliest desintations? Well, as reported by Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports:
Nash is expected to be courted by the Phoenix Suns, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets, Toronto Raptors and Dallas Mavericks, league sources said.
Of that group, the Mavericks figure to be the biggest longshot. Their point guard target is Deron Williams; everything beyond D-Will is just a fallback option. Toronto has made its desire to bring Nash in no secret, but it remains to be seen if Raptors management can seal the deal. As far as the Knicks and Nets, well, Nash does have a preference. Via that same report:
When asked if the Knicks or Nets were a better option, Nash said: "Right now the Knicks. Maybe in the few years the Nets."
Nash doesn’t want to be anyone’s Plan B, so it wouldn’t be surprising to see him land somewhere before Williams makes his decision.
(Kudos Yahoo! Sports)