NBA Free Agency 2012: 5 Teams Steve Nash Could Chase a Ring with
That is the consensus among Suns fans, and barring an overhaul of the current roster into a serious championship contender this offseason, it will likely become a reality. The Suns, as they stand, are not a playoff team, much less a contender for a championship, and is not a place for one of the best players to never win a championship to spend his twilight years.
Assuming Nash does decide to chase the ring he most certainly deserves, he would have no shortage of potential suitors. There are a few elite teams that could use a star point guard's services in their quest for a title, and even more up and comers that feel they're just a piece away from making a serious run at an NBA Championship.
While just about every team would love a player like Steve Nash on their team, here are the five teams he could realistically sign with if he decides to chase his ring.
5. Orlando Magic
How should the Magic respond to the face of their franchise demanding that they improve the talent around him?
Enter Steve Nash.
Nash is not only an improvement at the point guard position, he also possesses the ability to improve the team around him, which is exactly what Howard has asked for. The team is filled with talented role-players that Nash could most certainly turn into great scoring options.
He has thrived with the likes of Quentin Richardson and Jason Richardson in the past, and could possibly help them return to form.
Going out and getting Nash would be a huge step in locking Howard up to a long term deal, and possibly getting a championship as a side bonus as well.
4. New York Knicks
Before the firing of Mike D'antoni and the NBA going "Linsane," Nash to the Knicks in 2012 was a foregone conclusion in the minds of many.
Things change, however, and now the Knicks may be on the outside looking in when talking about serious contenders for Nash's services.
Before completely writing the Knicks off, however, let's take a look at what they have to offer: Quite possibly the most complete scorer in the NBA in Carmelo Anthony, a young understudy who could split time at both guard positions while learning under Nash in Jeremy Lin, and a pretty good power forward that Steve may be familiar with by the name of Amare Stoudemire.
Add the double-double machine that is Tyson Chandler, the dynamic shooting guard who could finally realize his potential with Nash feeding him the ball in J.R. Smith and a bench that is solid from top to bottom.
Any point guard in their right mind would be drooling at the mouth at the chance to join this squad. Don't count the Knicks out in the Nash sweepstakes.
3. Utah Jazz
How ironic would it be for the team that knocked the Suns out of the playoff race this year to go and win a championship with Steve Nash the next?
Irony aside, this scenario could actually work.
The Jazz boast one of the deeper rosters in the league, and with all the young talent just waiting to break out next season, you'd have to think bringing in a guy like Nash to feed them the ball would spell good things for Utah.
Not to mention they have one of the better big man tandems in the league with Paul Millsap and Al Jefferson crashing the boards every night, and a familiar face in Raja Bell.
Going to Utah would be good for Nash, and would make the Jazz a force to be reckoned with.
2. Dallas Mavericks
Wouldn't this be something?
Steve Nash returning to the team where his career really took off to come win a championship with his long time friend Dirk Nowitzki. It must have been bitter sweet watching his former team hoisting up that trophy, dreaming of one day winning his own.
He'd have another chance to do that with the Mavs, as they are a team geared towards winning now, but need a spark to get them going.
Nash has obviously worked with Dirk before, and Shawn Marion's best years were alongside Steve Nash, so there would be some built-in chemistry from the get-go.
The core for the Mavs championship team is still in tact for the most part, but they aren't getting any younger. There are currently eight players on their roster who have played at least 10 seasons, so their window of opportunity is closing fast.
Acquiring the star point guard would show that they feel they are still serious championship contenders, and with the addition of Nash I'd be inclined to agree with them.
1. Miami Heat
Steve Nash taking his talents to South Beach to turn The Big Three into The Fantastic Four? That would just be unfair.
If Steve Nash's goal is to chase a ring though, this would be the place to do it.
The team would obviously have talent around him, with arguably two of the NBA's Top Five players on the roster in Dwayne Wade and Lebron James, and a borderline star in the same mold as Amare Stoudemire in Chris Bosh.
The rest of the roster, although overlooked due to the star power of the Big Three, is littered with quality role players as well.
The only thing the Heat are missing is a point guard to distribute the ball to all of their scoring options, and Nash fills that need perfectly.
Adding Nash would take the Heat from serious contenders to the odds-on favorite to win the NBA Championship, and would finally put a friendly face on one of the most hated teams in the NBA.