The Phoenix Suns are putting on the full-court press in an attempt to hold on to their All-Star point guard.
Sources say Phoenix will likely offer Steve Nash two years, $20 million. However, I think Nash leaves money on the table to join contender.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) May 10, 2012
However, is a meager two-year deal really enough to compel Nash to stay? And moreover, will the Suns be competitive enough next season to even be tempting at all?
Kennedy doesn't think so. He added:
Nash wants to win now. He has made it clear that he wants to be on a competitive team. Unless the Suns make big changes, I think he leaves.— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) May 10, 2012
What it means
Nash is 38 years old. He knows he doesn't have many opportunities left to win an NBA title, so locking himself up on the Suns for the next two years could be a colossal mistake.
Last month, in an interview with USA Today's J. Michael Falgoust, Nash said, "I definitely can be a starter for three years but I want to play at a high level. If I enjoy it, I'll sacrifice. And if I sacrifice, I can continue to play at a high level."
That's two strikes against Phoenix. Not only are the Suns failing to offer up three years, but they haven't proven to be a legitimate contender. There could be a team out there willing to give him more security than two years.
What comes next
It's hard to believe Nash won't see what else is out there—especially on teams that are capable of contending for an NBA title.
Nash doesn't want to stick around on a team that finished in third place in the Pacific Division at 33-33, well out of the hunt for a playoff berth. He wants to win, and at this point, there's no promise that the Suns will afford him that opportunity.
They just might not be good enough to be tempting, no matter how much they pay him.