Why the Indiana Pacers Should Pursue Steve Nash

Ernest ShepardAnalyst IIIJanuary 31, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 12:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns has ice placed on his thigh during the NBA game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at US Airways Center on January 12, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Cavaliers defeated the Suns 101-90. 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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Steve Nash is on the last few years of his career and deserves one more shot at the NBA title and with few potential suitors, one team in particular stands out.

The Indiana Pacers can solidify their status as a contender if they can find a way to pry Nash from the Phoenix Suns.

A move like this would instantly propel the Pacers above the Atlanta Hawks, Philadelphia 76ers and the sliding Orlando Magic. In a division race that may go down to the wire with the Chicago Bulls getting hit with the injury bug, Indiana appear to only be one star away from wrestling the NBA Central away from the Bulls.

Not just any star, but one who can facilitate their offense.

It can turn out to be a high-risk, high-reward deal for the Pacers if this can happen.

Nash is one of the NBA's few true point guards who look to pass first, second and third before he takes a shot. Nash may have lost a little foot-speed but not his court vision. Nash would set up teammates while being the floor general that the Pacers need.

Roy Hibbert is a legitimate presence down the trenches on offense and defense. He would perhaps benefit the most from having Steve Nash on the roster, as Nash knows how to find capable big-men. Nash would also help out in making the "big shot" department.

Steve Nash can still get to the basket with ease and hits almost all of his free throws.

The only downside is his age (37). While I am not a believer in age catching up to Nash (as a former soccer player, stamina should be his strength), I am a believer of Nash suffering from homesickness.

Being a rent-a-player may weigh heavily on Nash, who would most likely be happiest in a stable environment. This is also a plus for the Pacers.

If Nash doesn't work out, they can let him walk at the end of the season.

I believe this is a deal that would work for the Pacers as well as the Suns if they can acquire a young piece such as George Hill or Darren Collison and a draft pick.

A move for Nash would be the best deal that the Pacers could make.