Nash: Won't return to Suns if there's no "improvement"
Old 03-29-2012, 07:25 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Steve Nash wants to play for a winning basketball team at this stage in his career.

Nash told the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday morning that he will not return to the Phoenix Suns if the organization does not make a clear effort to improve the roster.

"I definitely do want to win," Nash said. "I'm not going to come back to the Suns if there isn't an improvement, if they're not ambitious and they're not looking to upgrade the roster seriously."

The Victoria, B.C., native said he would clearly consider a return to the Suns under the right circumstances but will explore all his options once he becomes an free agent this summer.

"(The Suns) have a lot of flexibility in free agency," Nash said. "I've been standing pat in many ways so they could do some things this summer. I think they'll become a definite possibility for me, but I do want to win and I do want to consider all my options so it'll be interesting to see what happens this summer.

"It's going to be interesting this summer. Being a free agent, I didn't really want to leave at the deadline. I felt I owed it to my teammates and the Suns organization and the fans. I could possibly be back for sure, but that will be more interesting than the trade deadline."

Once the NBA free agency period begins on July 11. the 38-year-old will be one of hottest commodities on the market.

Nash, who has never won an NBA title, has clearly placed a high priority on winning and said he would "definitely listen" if he received an offer from the Miami Heat to join up with Chris Bosh, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade.

"I would listen. LeBron is phenomenal," Nash explained. "I love what they're doing there. A lot of people don't like them because they put all that talent together. But they're professional, they play hard, they play together and their coaching staff has done a great job. So, I have a tremendous amount of respect for them, and I would definitely listen."

It is unclear which teams will be interested in Nash's services but it's clear that Nash will have a difficult decision to make in July.

"At this stage in my career, there's going to be so many options to consider," Nash said. "It's going to be an interesting free agent summer. For me in particular, there's going to be a lot of things to consider."

Nash, who has won two MVP awards with Phoenix, is averaging 12.9 points and 11.2 assists in 47 games with the Suns this season.

The Suns have a 25-26 record and currently sit in 10th place in the Western Conference.
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:37 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Suns have money to spend and i think they'll make moves to keep him.
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Itd be funny if they put themselves into cap hell overpaying guys like Batum to keep Nash then he bolts. Itd be worse if they do that and he stays, as the mediocre get more mediocre.

Come back home, Nash.
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I hope he goes to Miami and trips up with Lebron and Wade.... that would be an awesome big three.
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Old 03-29-2012, 07:48 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I would kind of love seeing Nash go to Miami. It could potentially prolong his career even more, since he wouldn't have to be the focal point, and, if they win, start the "Lebron can't win without Nash" threads.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:03 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Can he go somewhere else. I really don't want to see miami win......
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Phoenix is a mess...they need to let him go.

Live his life

The they can rebuild properly...
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:11 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Is Miami going to sign him for vet minimum lol.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:26 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I would want Nash to go to a contender, but not the Heat. LeBron must not get his ring!
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:44 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I don't think that Nash is the ideal fit for Miami.

All that Miami needs from a PG is someone to play defense, bring the ball up the court, and knock down open jumpers.

They don't need someone like Nash who creates offense for others, creates his own offense, and controls the flow of the game (while being average on defense).

That's not to say that Nash would make the Heat a worse team. He would add a lot of depth, and take some pressure off Wade and LeBron.

But, I think that Miami would prefer a PG that's elite defensively when it's crunch time in the playoffs.
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I actually think having a pg that takes the ball out of Lebron's and Wade's hands is a good thing for them, and Nash is a fantastic shooter.... they wouldn't need any more defense.
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Is Miami going to sign him for vet minimum lol.
Nash (S&T)

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Haslem, Cole, Miller + pick


Nash/Chalmers
Wade/FA (minimum?)
Lebron/Battier/Jones
Bosh/Turiaf/Howard
Anthony/Curry/Pitman

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I don't think that Nash is the ideal fit for Miami.

All that Miami needs from a PG is someone to play defense, bring the ball up the court, and knock down open jumpers.

They don't need someone like Nash who creates offense for others, creates his own offense, and controls the flow of the game (while being average on defense).

That's not to say that Nash would make the Heat a worse team. He would add a lot of depth, and take some pressure off Wade and LeBron.

But, I think that Miami would prefer a PG that's elite defensively when it's crunch time in the playoffs.
+1 my thoughts exactly.
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Nash (S&T)

For

Haslem, Cole, Miller + pick


Nash/Chalmers
Wade/FA (minimum?)
Lebron/Battier/Jones
Bosh/Turiaf/Howard
Anthony/Curry/Pitman
Suns should just let him go in that case.
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Old 03-29-2012, 08:54 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Suns should just let him go in that case.
Haah, probably.

Then again, if they re-sign Brooks:

Brooks/Cole
Brown/Redd/Miller
Hill/Childress/Dudley
Haslem/Frye/Warrick
Lopez/Gortat/Frye


Not that bad imo. Although if Nash is gone they need to just rebuild.

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Not that bad? You mean in terms of comparing them to the historically bad teams? Look at that lineup again and tell me its not that bad, wow. And you for some reason have Lopez infront of Gortat which is astonishing.
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Not that bad? You mean in terms of comparing them to the historically bad teams? Look at that lineup again and tell me its not that bad, wow. And you for some reason have Lopez infront of Gortat which is astonishing.
I've seen a lot worse. As for Lopez ahead of Gortat, you're right but i just put the names up not thinking of the order to be honest. Whatever, i say they should just let him go and rebuild anyway and also trade Grant Hill in the process.
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If Nash went to the Heat I'd likely cry.
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