NBA Rumors: Steve Nash Needs to Avoid Toronto Raptors at All Costs

Luis Batlle@lbatll1Contributor IJune 29, 2012

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If future Hall of Famer Steve Nash expects to win an NBA championship, he needs to avoid going to the Toronto Raptors.

According to Hoopsworld NBA reporter Alex Kennedy, the Raptors are aggressively looking to acquire arguably the best passer in basketball.

The Toronto Raptors will make a hard push to sign Steve Nash, according to sources. That's one reason Toronto didn't deal #8 for Kyle Lowry.

— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) June 29, 2012


In spite of what was a solid 2012 NBA draft for Toronto, the Raptors are undoubtedly a team that is in no shape to push for a title. Given his lengthy tenure in Phoenix and devotion to the city, a team that he would pursue would have to be championship contenders.

There is a reason we won't see Paul Pierce taking his talents to Golden State or Kobe Bryant going to the Bobcats.

As great of a fit as he would be with the Raptors, he has limited NBA time left. Going to Toronto would be the wrong way to end his career.

The Raptors may be an inviting organization—as well as one that would give Nash an enticing contract offer—but they are in no position to win now. They have not had a winning season since finishing 47-35 in the 2006-07 season and are without a playoff appearance since their 2007-08 showing.

Although a team's talent level can be changed rather quickly, it is also integral to understand what it takes to get a team over the hump.

For instance, the Los Angeles Clippers were notorious for losing before Chris Paul came to town, but they had more talent around him. They were also ousted in the second round of the playoffs. 

Nash has accomplished so much over the course of his career. It is hard to say there has ever been a point guard quite like him in the league.

An incredible passer, a clutch scoring threat and a positive influence on his teammates, the only thing missing from his resume is an NBA championship. He won't win one in Toronto.