NBA Trade Rumors: Phoenix Suns' Best Option Is to Move Steve Nash

Eric BowmanFeatured ColumnistFebruary 7, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 12:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game against the Cleveland Cavaliers at US Airways Center on January 12, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  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 in the final year of his contract with the Phoenix Suns, and if they're a smart organization they will trade him away before the March 15 NBA trade deadline. 

According to Ken Berger of CBSSports, Nash and his agent have not pressed for a trade, which to me is rather bizarre. What's even stranger is the fact the Suns are leaving it all up to Nash.

Berger quoted a source with knowledge on the situation in Phoenix, saying, "It's really on him in terms of what he wants to do or not do." 

That's not a smart move by Phoenix because the chances of Nash spurning them for a winning team in the offseason is very likely. After all, he's near the end of his career, which is why the Suns need to deal him to get something in return. 

With it apparently being up to Nash, it should be a no-brainer for the point guard, as playing with a contending team at this point in his career is his best bet. 

Since he hasn't been vocal about any trade at all, the Suns need to wise up and trade him before it's too late. Nash is an unrestricted free agent, meaning he can go wherever he wants with no issue. Even though Phoenix is the one place that will offer him the most money, he would be insane not to join a contending team.

Currently, the Suns are 9-14, and while there's still hope they can fight back and make the playoffs, this isn't a team that has what it takes to win a title. 

Nash would be wasting his talents if he decided to come back to Phoenix next year. At the age of 37, Nash needs to think about one thing and one thing only: winning. 

He won't be getting that done with the Suns, which is why he needs to pursue a new team. If he's waiting for free agency, then that's perfectly fine. He'll have plenty of good options to chose from, so demanding a trade right now is not entirely necessary, but it could land him with a better team than where he's at now. 

Still, though, if he wants to wait, then so be it. However, the Suns don't need to do this because getting value in return is the best decision they can make.

Phoenix is an older team, which means getting youth in exchange for Nash would benefit the team in the long run.

The Suns need to get on the right track to building a championship-caliber team, and the smartest approach to getting there is by trading Nash. 


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