Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Suns changing stance on Nash?

Via Ryan Corazza of ESPN...


There continues to be no indication that Steve Nash is available -- a stance the team and Nash have taken since the Suns-Magic trade last month when some speculated Nash could be the next Sun on the move.
However, where once the team seemed dead set on keeping Nash, Sam Amick of FanHouse is reporting via a source the team is "'on the fence' about which direction to go" in regards to Nash.
So it's possible if the team continues to flounder along, they may indeed look to trade Nash and work on rebuilding.
Amick also reported that despite Raymond Felton's solid year so far in New York, the Knicks are still one of the teams monitoring the Nash situation.
"Despite the career year being had by free agent addition Felton, the Knicks have continued to target Nash and are prepared to make a pitch if the Suns send word that he is available," wrote Amick.
But for now, it doesn't appear the Suns are making their dynamic PG available to the Knicks or any other team.


After the Suns traded Hedo Turkoglu and Jason Richardson to the Magic, many began to ponder the future of Steve Nash in Phoenix.  The Knicks have been mentioned as a possible destination for Nash.  Would the Knicks be bold enough to put together a package including Raymond Felton for Nash?  Nash is under contract thru next season, the same as Chris Paul (assuming he doesn't accept his 2012-2013 player option).  The Knicks could trade for Nash now and then try to sign Chris Paul in the summer of 2012, depending on their cap situation.


UPDATE Via Ryan Corrazza of ESPN...


On Tuesday, a report from Sam Amick of FanHouse included word the Suns were "on the fence" about what to do with Steve Nash.
As such, it's reasonable to take a look at some teams that could be a fit for him if the team indeed decides to move their PG by February's trade deadline.
The Knicks are obviously in the mix, and ESPN's Tom Haberstroh added the Rockets and Thunder to the list as well Wednesday -- two teams with a bevy of assets to include in any such deal.
Two other teams that could show interest in Nash are the Trail Blazers -- who are reportedly dangling Andre Miller -- and Charlotte. The Bobcats were said to be shopping D.J. Augustin in hopes of landing a new PG, but the latest is new coach Paul Silas likes Augustin, so Nash may not come into the picture for them now.
Orlando reportedly was interested in acquiring Chris Paul when there were rumblings he could be on the move this past summer, and GM Otis Smith has proven he'll shake things up if it means bringing in talent to try and win a title before Dwight Howard hits free agency.




The Blazers make sense as a possible destination for Suns.  Andre Miller and Brandon Roy have not been on the same page since Miller joined the team.  Roy is the future of the Blazers so he isn't going anywhere.  
The Knicks have been mentioned as a possible destination for Nash.  Would the Knicks be bold enough to put together a package including Raymond Felton for Nash?  Nash is under contract thru next season, the same as Chris Paul (assuming he doesn't accept his 2012-2013 player option).  The Knicks could trade for Nash now and then try to sign Chris Paul in the summer of 2012, depending on their cap situation.
As for the Bobcats, Michael Jordan has been looking at different ways to ignite some energy in this team, recently checking in on the Carmelo Anthony sweepstakes.  While Paul Silas may be a fan of D.J. Augustin, he is nowhere near on the same level as Nash and if a trade were to be worked out, I'm pretty sure Silas will find a way to be a fan of Nash as well.
Orlando seems to be a wild card in all of this.  The Magic were mentioned at times as a possible destination for Carmelo Anthony but after their blockbuster moves in December, one would think they're done making any major moves.

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