NBA Trade Rumors: Why Phoenix Suns Must Trade Steve Nash Now

Kevin Van PeltCorrespondent IFebruary 14, 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 has been in the rumor mill for the past few years now. However, the Phoenix Suns have stated on multiple occasions that Nash is not up for a trade.

According to Ken Berger of, Nash's name is still being thrown around to teams including the Orlando Magic.

The Suns need to work with Orlando to get a deal done. The Magic have plenty of pieces around Dwight Howard that the Suns can use to help them rebuild. With Orlando doing everything they can to keep Howard with them, they are willing to try and get anyone they can to help influence him to stay. With Nash on the team, they will at least have a shot to win the championship this season.

As for the Suns, they can get the better end of this deal in the long run. Nash for Magic point guard Jameer Nelson would be a good scenario for the Suns to work around. This trade would help them get a point guard they can have for the future and build around him.

Other pieces on the Magic include Ryan Anderson, J.J. Redick, Hedo Turkoglu and Glen Davis. All of whom can be good pieces to fit in with the Suns. A trade involving any combination of two of these players would be a great addition to the Suns. They are all capable of starting for them and should make an immediate impact.

The best scenario for the Suns would be getting Davis and Turkoglu on the team. Turkoglu can handle the ball and make shots and Davis is a solid defender which is something the Suns need.

Even if the Suns cannot get any players for Nash, if they can get a first-round pick out of him that would also be a good trade. More draft picks for a rebuilding team is always a good thing and is a possibility for them to get.

Nash is 37 years old and doesn't have much time left. He is still playing at an all-star level; however, the Suns have to realize that it won't last much longer. They are not in contention for a championship this year and they don't look like they will be in the near future. Something has to get done to shake up this team, and it starts with Nash.

The Suns are in rebuilding mode now and they know that they are. The fact they are so stubborn on not trading Nash is puzzling. They might be keeping him to keep bringing in the fans but if new blood can be brought to the team, it may revitalize the fans and the players.