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Old 07-04-2012, 01:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Grange: Nash not eager to be a Raptor

If true go to plan B. Don't want him just because he couldn't find more money elsewhere.

If Nash, 38, stays healthy it’s plausible that he can help the franchise enough on the court and off the court to make it a gamble worth taking. The bigger price for Colangelo, the Raptors and their new owners at MLSE - Rogers Communications and BCE - would be standing idly by while the best basketball player Canada is likely to ever produce, finishes his career elsewhere.

That would be awkward.

But nearly as awkward is the emerging possibility that the best basketball player Canada has ever produced isn't really all that keen on finishing his career in Toronto and trying to hump a fairly suspect lineup into the bottom end of the Eastern Conference playoffs picture for the first time in four years.

If he was, all he would have had to say is 'yes' when the Raptors made their offer on Sunday morning in New York. What a happy Canada Day that would have been. With NBA free agency entering its fourth day, however, it's hard to conclude anything other than that the Raptors are simply a well-padded fallback position for Nash.

So the two teams that would allow him to live in New York don't seem to be in the picture. His old team, the Suns, seem content to part ways and begin rebuilding. The market appears to be shrinking, yet still no word from Nash to those pursuing him with the purest hearts; no indication that he couldn't wait to come home.

Instead the waiting continues with the Dallas Mavericks zeroing in on Nash as a potential consolation prize for Williams, though reports suggest that they're not willing to make a three-year commitment to a point guard they deemed too fragile seven years ago.

Next came reports from David Aldrige that the Los Angeles Lakers are trying to work a deal with the Suns that would allow them to make an offer more enticing that the $3-million a year they would be able to give him otherwise.

And yet nothing from Nash.

You can't fault someone for investigating options. Nash has pledged to do that since it was clear he was unlikely to return to Phoenix and was jumping into free agency with both feet.

But there's a fine line between considering your options and looking around desperately for something -- anything -- even remotely as good as the one that has been front-and-centre all along, waiting expectantly.

The Toronto Raptors want Steve Nash, and have never wavered. It's seemingly evermore clear that they're going to get their man.

The trick will be for Nash -- should the day come – is to seem just as happy about it as everyone else will be.

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