Raptors have interest in Nash?
Old 02-29-2012, 06:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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It remains to be seen how willing Nash is to stay after two seasons of steady decline on Sarver's watch since the Suns' Cinderella trip to the 2010 Western Conference finals. The New York Knicks' interest in pursuing Nash as a free agent in the summer is well-documented ... and sources with knowledge of the Dallas Mavericks' thinking say that the defending champs will definitely try to reunite Nash and Dirk Nowitzki in free agency in July if top targets Dwight Howard and Deron Williams elude them. The Toronto Raptors' interest in bringing Captain Canada back home is also well-established.

Sarver, though, is apparently determined to try to convince Nash to retire in the desert. The thinking there, sources say, is that the Suns believe they'd have a better core going forward with a re-upped Nash, center Marcin Gortat, cap space and a top pick in the well-regarded 2012 draft than with the sort of assets they could bring back now in a deadline deal for a 38-year-old point guard who, even as he continues to play at an All-Star level, is just a few months away from free agency.

The risk there, of course, is that keeping Nash beyond the trade deadline exposes the Suns to the same risks Orlando faces if it hangs onto Howard, creating the very real possibility that Nash could leave Phoenix without compensation. In that scenario, though, it's believed that Sarver would prefer to announce to the world afterward that the Suns tried everything they could to keep Nash but ultimately couldn't stop him from signing elsewhere -- and then start to try to rebuild with the resultant cap space -- as opposed to settling for a so-so trade in the next two weeks.

There are a couple voices out there on the NBA grapevine cautioning that the Suns are listening to Nash pitches more than they're letting on, but the overwhelming majority of insiders surveyed by ESPN.com in recent days continue to insist that Nash is going nowhere.

That's despite the fact that the Blazers, sources say, are still trying hard to pry Nash away from the Suns. RealGM.com, meanwhile, reported Sunday that the Magic likewise want to try to acquire Nash before the deadline as a means of appeasing Howard.

"Portland," says one source close to the situation, "has been interested in Nash for a while."

Said another: "Because of his age and because he can leave in the summer, offers for Nash haven't been as star-laden as you'd think."

Yet even if the Blazers were willing to include the widely coveted Nicolas Batum in a package for Nash -- which is a matter of debate depending on who's doing the gossiping -- sources say Phoenix continues to put out the message that it won't deal Nash unless Nash asks to be traded. Which is something Nash has consistently said he won't do.

Which is why most teams, when polled these days, leave you with the impression that they expect neither Howard nor Nash to be moved before the deadline.
Suns' dream: Re-sign Nash, not trade him - TrueHoop Blog - ESPN
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Old 02-29-2012, 06:59 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I have no idea why Sarver is so hell bent on keeping Nash. Your team is going NOWHERE. Just blow it up already and rebuild.
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i guess the guy is being loyal to him
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:24 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I'm thinking he wants to be able to make Nash look like the bad guy so he can skate through a rebuild with blame placed elsewhere.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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"I won't trade you unless you demand one". ugh!
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm thinking he wants to be able to make Nash look like the bad guy so he can skate through a rebuild with blame placed elsewhere.
don't be so cynical. Not everyone is a cavs owner, though that really was lebron's fault, so i dont know what to say here.
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:52 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 02-29-2012, 07:57 PM   #8 (permalink)
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don't be so cynical. Not everyone is a cavs owner, though that really was lebron's fault, so i dont know what to say here.
It's more like using BC as his ideal and mentor.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:08 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I'm thinking he wants to be able to make Nash look like the bad guy so he can skate through a rebuild with blame placed elsewhere.
Sarver ALREADY looks like the bad guy for breaking up a team that very nearly went to the finals just 2 years ago.

He's just milking Nash right now for ticket sales I'm sure.

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It's more like using BC as his ideal and mentor.
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:11 PM   #10 (permalink)
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lol i thought this was obvious.
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:01 PM   #11 (permalink)
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It's obvious..... Nash is his cash cow. Pheonix could be an ugly situation without him.
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It's obvious..... Nash is his cash cow. Pheonix could be an ugly situation without him.
Mehhh, it wouldn't be much worse. They're not going anywhere as it is.
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Mehhh, it wouldn't be much worse. They're not going anywhere as it is.
They're not going anywhere... but I think that people are still coming out to see Nash. Once he goes I'd imagine that their attendance will take a hit.
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They're not going anywhere... but I think that people are still coming out to see Nash. Once he goes I'd imagine that their attendance will take a hit.
Exactly.... see Jeff, Torap gets it!

If only we agreed all the time.....
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Old 02-29-2012, 09:22 PM   #15 (permalink)
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They're not going anywhere... but I think that people are still coming out to see Nash. Once he goes I'd imagine that their attendance will take a hit.
I just don't think it would be a huge hit. Could be wrong but we'll see soon enough.
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:19 AM   #16 (permalink)
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I agree with Doug, in that we would be better off competing two years with Nash than investing 3-4 years in someone like Wilson Chandler (although I truly wish for a 3 year absolute tanking)...
It would be fun to watch and would make even more sense if we can get a hold of someone like A.Davis or A.Drummond in this years draft

Nash/Derozan/FA/Bargnani/Drummond
Bayless/Barbosa/Kleiza/A.Johnson/Valanciunas/J.Johnson/Davis

I would offer him two years at 15 million per year and try to acquire another SF in the process (ex. Matt Barnes, Grant Hill, or even Wilson Chandler if we have enough cap space)

If we're going to try to rush our rebuild and compete immediately we might as well go for Nash.
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It would be great if Nash could come here, raps draft marshall if they acquire a 14-20th pick and Nash moulds him into a dynamic PG who can distribute and score at times.
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Old 03-01-2012, 06:30 AM   #18 (permalink)
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we all know dwight howard is leaving,

so either orlando can go two ways, trade him at the deadline or go for broke and trade for steve nash and try to win the championship this year,

nash makes every player he plays with better, couldn't imagine what he could do with orlando who doesn't have pg play,
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Nash and Howard would create one nasty PNR situation. We'd have another lob city
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