Though they came close in years past, the Phoenix Suns will not win the title anytime soon before Nash’s playing days are over.
Nash has not publicly stated any desire to leave town in search of the NBA’s Holy Grail and the Suns have not been actively shopping Nash for a return of young players and/or draft picks to help rebuild the franchise.
The Canadian point guard is a loyal player who just wants to play somewhere that he fits in. It is extremely unlikely that he would demand a trade publicly—or even privately for that matter.
Nash turned 38 last Tuesday and only has a few years left at most to play in the league. His window of opportunity to win an NBA title is closing quickly and if he truly wants to win, he cannot afford to finish out this season in Phoenix before becoming a free agent.
Nash has been a star throughout his career, winning the league’s MVP award twice and selected to the All-Star game seven times.
This year, he is having perhaps his most efficient season offensively despite just turning 38. He is shooting 56.3 percent from the field while averaging 10.3 assists per game.
He is producing these numbers without former teammate Amar’e Stoudemire and the other players from former coach Mike D’Antoni’s high-octane, up-tempo offense.
This season has proved that while producing consistently over the years, Nash has made the players around him considerably better.
There would be no shortage of suitors should Nash be made available on the market. The New York Knicks would have been one of the best options before the emergence of Jeremy Lin. Reuniting Nash with D’Antoni and Stoudemire makes perfect sense. Putting the unselfish Nash on an Eastern Conference roster that features Carmelo Anthony would give the Knicks a chance to compete with the Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat come playoff time.
Another team that could potentially be interested in Nash is the Los Angeles Lakers. After losing out on Chris Paul late last year, the Lakers are still in need of a star point guard. Derek Fisher is past his prime and Steve Blake is a contributor off the bench, but does not offer much more. With Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum in the Lakers frontcourt and Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash in the backcourt, the Lakers could overtake the Clippers for the division lead and not look back.