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Old 11-16-2013, 12:11 AM   #81 (permalink)
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Lakers Trade Rumors: Does Steve Nash to the Raptors Make Sense?
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COMMENTARY | Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash has looked every bit of 39 years old this season as nagging injuries have caused him to miss significant time.
The two-time NBA MVP was supposed to be the leader of Showtime 2.0 and the engineer of Mike D'Antoni's offense when L.A. brought him over from the Phoenix Suns via sign-and-trade last offseason. He was set to lead the franchise to its 17th title after it acquired superstar Dwight Howard in the same summer, but the disastrous 2012-13 season that followed crushed the aspirations of Lakers fans and the entire organization. Howard bolted, and the Lakers have nothing to show for it.
What's worse is that Nash has been unable to stay on the court long enough to make a difference with this year's squad, an underdog group of players mostly on one-year deals with plenty to prove amid low expectations.
That's why it seems logical that the Lakers would entertain trade offers for Nash given their slim chances of playoff glory this year. According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld, "multiple league sources" indicated that the Toronto Raptors are a potential suitor for the veteran. The narrative of Nash, a Canadian, finishing the his career north of the border as the Raptors' main attraction in what would be an acquisition based on nostalgia more than anything else is convenient.
But that's all it is at this point -- a convenient idea and fodder for speculative discussion.
For the Lakers, trading Nash for a player like Rudy Gay would have to involve substantial interest from the other side. For the Raptors, there would have to be more incentive than Nash alone to make a move. Some of the Lakers' most trade-worthy assets like Jordan Hill or Jordan Farmar, if included, still wouldn't be enough in terms of salary-cap numbers to make a deal work. Nash is on the books for $9.35 million this season while Gay is slated to make $17.9 million.
Even if the Lakers put a package together strong enough to entice the Raptors to move forward with such a move, Gay's 2014-15 cap hit of $19.3 million conflicts with team's plans to go into next season's free agency period with plenty of cap space in hopes of landing a marquee free agent.
Still, Gay is a player who is young and talented enough to warrant a bold move. Whether the pieces all fit if Toronto is interested is the biggest question and potential roadblock to making it all happen, in addition to Nash's age and health.
NBA GMs typically don't line up in droves to trade for aging, injured future Hall of Famers even if rostering said players could help sell a few more tickets.
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I reallllyyyy hope this Michael C. Jones is just being a tool by making this dumb rumour. And of all players he thinks could be traded, he thinks our best player (Rudy Gay) could/should be part of a deal. "Nostalgia" SMFH

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Old 11-16-2013, 12:24 AM   #82 (permalink)
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I reallllyyyy hope this Michael C. Jones is just being a tool by making this dumb rumour. And of all players he thinks could be traded, he thinks our best player (Rudy Gay) could/should be part of a deal. "Nostalgia" SMFH
There's no new rumor. It's just an opinion piece about that same Alex Kennedy's tweet. A fan expressing his opinion. No different than all the posts in this thread.

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Old 11-16-2013, 12:26 AM   #83 (permalink)
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There's no new rumor. It's just an opinion piece about that same Alex Kennedy's tweet. A fan expressing his opinion. No different than all the posts in this thread.

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Old 11-16-2013, 01:47 AM   #84 (permalink)
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LOL the guy isn't even on the court anymore, why is this guy still talking about it?
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Old 11-16-2013, 01:53 AM   #85 (permalink)
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I hate being reminded about Steve Nash, this is why Colangelo screwd us over with the Landry Fields deal in order to stop knicks from getting nash, he instead went to the lakers. and we got the shitty end of the stick.
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Old 11-16-2013, 03:38 PM   #86 (permalink)
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I hate being reminded about Steve Nash, this is why Colangelo screwd us over with the Landry Fields deal in order to stop knicks from getting nash, he instead went to the lakers. and we got the shitty end of the stick.
Wrong, we could of got stuck with Nash to go with it.
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Old 11-16-2013, 04:14 PM   #87 (permalink)
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I reallllyyyy hope this Michael C. Jones is just being a tool by making this dumb rumour. And of all players he thinks could be traded, he thinks our best player (Rudy Gay) could/should be part of a deal. "Nostalgia" SMFH
Not just a tool. A complete toolbox.
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Old 11-16-2013, 07:19 PM   #88 (permalink)
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Everyone knows these rumors are bullshit. Why would the Raptors want a 39-year old Nash who has both back and knee issues, along with the fact that we are trying to build a young core into a contender some day down the road. It seems like most people on the forum want a decent draft pick or two this year to build on what very little talent we have already. I will admit I liked Calderon when he played for us, but at the same time I knew we couldn't go anywhere with him as our starting point guard because of his horrible defense. Nash and Calderon are basically the same player defensively, so there is no reason to get ourselves stuck in that spot again.
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