Steve Nash is going to command a lot of attention as an unrestricted free agent after the season concludes, and it's for good reason considering how well he's still playing.
Despite being 38 years old, Nash is turning in another impressive season and proving he is truly ageless as he continues to dominate the point guard position. With averages of 12.8 points and 11.3 assists on 53.8 percent shooting from the field (88.3 percent from the foul line), Nash has no intention of retiring any time soon.
Nash told ESPN's Marc Stein that his back feels "the best it's felt in a decade," and he intends to sign a three-year deal as a free agent this summer.
Although there will certainly be more than four teams intrigued by Nash, it's imperative to remember only those clubs with cap space will be able to satisfy the salary demands the veteran is likely to command.
The Pacers should have made a strong push to acquire Nash at the trade deadline, but the Suns seemed adamant in the stance that the point guard was going nowhere.
Regardless, Indiana will have the financial flexibility to bring him aboard, and that starting lineup would look like a lot better with Nash running the show than Darren Collison.
It would really be interesting to see what he'd be capable of doing playing alongside Danny Granger, Paul George, David West and Roy Hibbert, and Nash could really help a youthful team turn the corner in a big way.
Portland Trail Blazers
The moves the Trail Blazers made at the trade deadline made it clear this is a team playing for the future, but would Nash come to play for a young team?
Portland will boast an intriguing group as long as the team can re-sign restricted free-agent Nicolas Batum, and there is a strong chance the team will add an impact player with the high draft pick added (via New Jersey) in the Gerald Wallace deadline deal.
Nash would provide a sense of stability at the point as it's obvious the Blazers have no interest in committing to Raymond Felton for the foreseeable future.
Nash and Dirk Nowitzki have played together before, so could it happen again.
It's highly speculated that the Mavericks will make an aggressive push to land Deron Williams, but if Mark Cuban is unable to lure in his big fish, Nash wouldn't be a bad "consolation" prize whatsoever.
The Mavs have a plethora of of cap space available to work with and it would certainly be great to see what Nash could do in Texas once again.
Phoenix has been long holding out hope that the club would have the ability to re-sign Nash, and that's a major factor as to why the Suns didn't deal him at the deadline.
While the club will certainly have the funds available to retain him, it's hard to imagine a scenario where Nash returns to a team that is still so far from realistically competing for a championship.
Nash has already said he wouldn't return to the Suns if the team doesn't show improvement before next season (via "The Dan Patrick Show"), so Phoenix is going to have to strike it rich if the Suns are hoping to bring him back into the fold.
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