NBA Trade Rumors: Why the Phoenix Suns Should Trade Steve Nash to Indiana Pacers

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IDecember 29, 2011

PHOENIX, AZ - DECEMBER 26:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns handles the ball during the season openning NBA game against the New Orleans Hornets at US Airways Center on December 26, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Hornets defeated the Suns 85-84. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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With the Phoenix Suns off to an 0-2 start to the season and looking like a very bad basketball team at the moment, there is a golden opportunity for the Suns to get turned around quickly in the next couple of years.

All they have to do is trade All-Star point guard Steve Nash to the Indiana Pacers.

ESPN's Bill Simmons speculates on why the deal would make sense and it would for both teams, especially the Suns.

So far Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby has received no indication from Nash that he wants to be dealt to a contender and is willing to let Nash retire in a Phoenix jersey.

If Nash wanted to go to a contender, there would be a line of potential suitors for him that could include the Orlando Magic, Oklahoma City Thunder, New York Knicks and others.

But the Pacers are a team that could make sense for the Suns.

Phoenix explored a deal with the Minnesota Timberwolves prior to the draft, so making sure that Nash is dealt to an immediate contender isn't a priority of theirs.

But getting the Pacers involved could make the rebuilding process in Phoenix a quicker one.

Just speculating here, but Darren Collison and a first-round pick would have to be part of a deal and Indiana has a wealth of young talent that could peak the interest of the Suns.

Guys like Paul George, Tyler Hansbrough and others should have Babby at least on the phone.

For the Pacers, adding a point guard like Nash could be just the thing to vault them into the upper portion of the Eastern Conference.

Nash has said in the past that he would be open to signing a two-year extension in Phoenix. If he would be willing to do the same in Indiana, then it's something the Pacers should also consider.

The bottom line is that the Suns are a team that should be in rebuilding mode and they have a great trade asset. A team like Indiana could be just the team that could offer up the most.