Steve Nash Must Ask for a Trade for Both His and the Phoenix Suns' Sake

Matt ShetlerCorrespondent IJanuary 9, 2012

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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Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash could be the second big star that could be on the market come the NBA trade deadline.

He just has to make it known that he wants out of Phoenix.

There's been a lot of speculation on whether or not Nash would ask for a trade, and while he's yet to do so, he needs to both for his sake and the sake of the Suns.

This could be the last chance for Nash to chase that ring. While he's made it known how much he likes playing in Phoenix, he's not going to get a chance at a championship anytime soon there.

It makes sense as far as the Suns organization as well.

Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby has said all of the right things regarding the situation, and it wouldn't be a bad thing for them to keep Nash, who is still playing at a high level.

But championship-caliber organizations make bold moves, and while it may be unpopular to consider dealing the face of the franchise now, it could do more positive for the Suns down the road.

If they get a pair of assets and a first-round pick, then suddenly they have a good young core to build with along with Markieff Morris. You can add those parts much quicker by dealing Nash then you can by holding on to him.

This team needs to rebuild, and the ultimate goal should be a championship. It isn't going to win one with the current state of the franchise. It makes sense for the Suns to be aggressive in attempting to rebuild.

Phoenix has a great trade chip in Nash. It would be a shame to see it not take advantage of that.

As for Nash, it's not his personality to come out and demand a trade, but a ring is the only thing his NBA career is missing.

It may be the time for him to be aggressive in this situation as well.