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Steve Nash would most likely never agree to be a backup to a youngin like Lin or accept the MLE contract that is the maximum amount of money the Knicks could offer him...but if he would, he would definitely be the best choice to come off the bench for Lin.
Nash has been linked to the Knicks for awhile now, ever since former coach Mike D’Antoni took over as coach of the Knicks and Amar’e Stoudemire left the Suns for the Knicks during free agency two years ago.
Nash still has a lot left in the tank. Even at 38 years old, he is still one of the best shooters and distributors in the NBA. This season, he posted 10.7 assists per game, good for second in the league and the seventh time in the last eight seasons he’s averaged over 10 assists per game. The last time Nash didn’t finish top three in the league in assists was the 2002-2003 season.
Nash claims he is “completely open” to bringing his talents to New York, but it still should be a long shot for them to convince him to take a pay cut and a lesser role next season. If he does swallow his pride though, an NBA championship may be in his future.