Steve Nash, even at 38 years of age, is one of the best players in the NBA.
He has won two MVPs and has been a dominant player for the Phoenix Suns, but the organization was incapable of surrounding the veteran with talent, so he is testing free agency.
Where will he land?
It depends upon who you ask, but there are several teams in the Nash sweepstakes, and whichever team lands the skilled point guard will definitely be upgrading their roster.
One team that would be a nice fit for Nash would be the New York Knicks. Ironically, the Knicks' current point-man Jeremy Lin has drawn several comparisons to the future hall of famer.
The prospect of reuniting with former Phoenix Sun power-forward Amare Stoudemire would be intriguing, as well as playing alongside one of the best scorers in the NBA, Carmelo Anthony.
The Knicks would become one of the top teams in the East, and playing in New York City is always an attractive option. Will New York have the cap space to sign him? Chuck Schilken of the Los Angeles Times, recently came across a very interesting quote by Stoudemire discussing the possibility of reuniting with the talented point guard.
“What team wouldn't want a two-time MVP and assist leader, veteran point guard? What team wouldn't want that?” Stoudemire said of Nash.
Another team that would be an intriguing fit would also involve another reunion with a former teammate—the Dallas Mavericks. Nash and Dirk Nowitzki sure were one hell of a tandem, and the team now has a much better roster than before.
Nash left the team in 2004, and has to be bitter that he missed out on an NBA Championship. Although the Mavericks are going to put on the full-court press for Dallas-native Deron Williams, they wouldn’t be upset if they landed Nash either.
Another squad that would be a great fit would be the Miami Heat. Observing the Heat this postseason, they are in dire need of another playmaker, and Nash is one of the best to ever suit up at the point guard position. Playing alongside Dwyane Wade and LeBron James certainly wouldn’t be a bad idea, and who wouldn’t want to live in Miami?
The Heat would then become the likely favorites for the NBA title, and at 38 years old, you have to wonder how much tread Nash has left on those tires. It is remarkable that he has played this long, but you'd better believe he can see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Another possibility that is least likely would be the Orlando Magic. This of course depends upon several things.
Who will be the coach?
Also, will Dwight Howard stick around if Nash comes on board?
What will the Magic do with current point guard Jameer Nelson?
There is no way that Nelson would be happy with this move, but sorry Jameer, we are talking about Steve Nash here.
One thing is for certain, the 2012 NBA free agency will be very exciting, as there is generally not an offseason where a sure-fire hall of famer is up for grabs.