The Phoenix Suns were on the cusp of a playoff run at the tail end of the 2011-12 season, but Steve Nash’s brilliance was not enough to get them in.
Now that the future Hall of Famer is an unrestricted free agent, there are a number of teams that will be willing to make a major push to acquire his services and many will offer a legit chance to contend for a title during his last seasons in the NBA.
If Phoenix cannot convince the two-time MVP to stay, they will have to acquire another point guard to fill his shoes.
Here are the latest rumors on whom they are targeting and some of other offseason plans for the Suns.
Suns Pursuing Dragic
According to Sean Deveney of Sporting News, the Suns could be on the hunt for Nash’s former backup, Goran Dragic.
The 26-year-old point guard was traded to Houston at the 2011 deadline with a first-round pick in exchange for Aaron Brooks.
Dragic is set to become a free agent after the season ends, and the Suns are reportedly going to give a big pitch for him to return to the desert if they cannot re-sign Nash.
Will Nash re-sign with Phoenix?
According to Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic, Phoenix will first and foremost be looking for a perimeter player—SG or SF—that can create his own shot and play defense with the No. 13 pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.
If they are unable to land someone that they feel is worthwhile at that selection, Coro found that they would likely go with a scoring big man or point guard.
It’s unlikely that the Suns will be able to retain their superstar 38-year-old point guard, who has accomplished everything but winning a championship in his career.
He’s probably going to sign with a contender, leaving Phoenix to make a run at some second-tier PGs like Dragic.
If Phoenix is unsatisfied with any of the free agent options, or get spurned by them, look for the organization to choose a point guard in the draft.