NBA Trade Rumors: Why Steve Nash Needs to Be Moved

Marcelo VillaFeatured Columnist IIIFebruary 24, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - FEBRUARY 19:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns looks on during the NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at US Airways Center on February 19, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Lakers 102-90.  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 hasn't asked the Phoenix Suns for a trade, but there are rumors of him being moved at the deadline anyway.

Nash is scheduled to become a free agent on July 1 and at 38 years old, the Suns could be looking to get something for him in return.

If next season is slated to be a rebuilding period, then the Suns could be looking to free up some room in cap space or bring in a younger player if possible with the move.

While Nash hasn't asked for the trade, fans are asking he be traded for his own benefit.

A Facebook page entitled "Free Steve Nash" has been created in an effort to bring awareness to the idea of trading Nash. Fans don't want the former MVP out of Phoenix because he's a bad player, but they do want him to play with a contender and get the respect he deserves.

The page is filled with fan comments pushing for him to be moved, along with links to articles suggesting the possibility of him being traded. It's nothing official, but it does make you think about the issue from Nash's perspective.

As an aging star, its natural to want one last shot at winning a championship. Some of the NBA's greatest players were traded or signed to contending teams in an effort to make a run at a championship late in their career.

If fans are willing to part ways with Nash, then that may be a sign he needs to be moved.

When you consider teams that are looking for a point guard this season, the first one that comes to mind is the Los Angeles Lakers. LA has been looking for a point guard before the season even started, but a deal has yet to pick up enough steam.

Ideally, the Lakers are interested in a much younger player who can defend the league's better point guards but Nash doesn't move like a middle-aged man on the court. He may be famous for his passing skills and contribution on offense, but Nash is still a quick player who can keep up on defense.

Derek Fisher and Steve Blake are struggling to defend opposing guards, and the team's record has struggled as a result. Someone needs to be brought in or the Lakers may be watching the playoffs at home.

Adding Nash to the Lakers would give the team some more star power to go alongside Kobe Bryant and a great attitude in the locker room.

Younger names have been mixed into the speculated trades already, but as usual, the respective teams have continued to deny interest in moving those players.

Trading away a young player right now just doesn't make sense for a potential Lakers suitor, but trading an older player with an expiring contract makes perfect sense.

The Suns postseason dreams may be over considering their 14-20 record, and the rebuilding era may have already begun. I agree Nash is a great player and to some fans, it may seem crazy to get rid of him, but he does to deserve to finish his career on top.

Playing with the Suns isn't going to win him an NBA championship anytime soon and Nash can still benefit a contending team right now.

The 15-year veteran is averaging close to 14 points a game and almost 11 assists this season with the lowly Suns. In a sense, Nash's talent is being wasted in Phoenix with a team that is going nowhere.

Nash isn't the type of arrogant player who would publicly demand a trade, but the Suns need to do right by him and send him to a contender.