Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Player the Suns needed to trade: PG Steve Nash
The Phoenix Suns made it clear that they had no plans of moving point guard Steve Nash before the trade deadline unless he asked for it.
Unfortunately for the Suns, Nash never made any movement towards a potential trade, which put the Suns in a tough position. Phoenix stayed true to their promise of not trading Nash unless he wanted it, but in doing so, they sealed the fate of their 2011-12 season.
I know that sounds outlandish, since the Suns have been surging as of late, winning eight of their last 10 games. The truth is, though, that the problem with the Suns isn't a lack of talent around Nash; it's Steve Nash himself.
Yes, Steve Nash is one of the best point guards in the league, and he's undoubtedly an integral piece of Phoenix's success as of late, but he can only take them so far. The Suns need a point guard who can not only facilitate the offense to teammates, but also be a productive member of the offense in terms of offensive production.
While the Suns are only 1.5 games behind the eighth spot in the West, which puts them in a good spot for an appearance in the 2012 playoffs, they are still a team that is bound for a first-round exit in the NBA playoffs.
While I hate to say it, if the Suns want to contend for NBA titles and not just playoff appearances, they need to part ways with Steve Nash.
Thanks for checking out the article, and don't forget to follow me on Twitter @peteremerick.