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Steve Nash was at his best when he had A) a skilled and athletic power forward, and B) athletic wings that could fill in the lanes on the break at his disposal.
Between LaMarcus Aldridge, JJ Hickson, Nicolas Batum (most likely) and Wes Matthews, the Blazers can offer a perfect fit for Steve Nash’s skills.
If you’re Portland and you just invested the No. 6 pick in Damian Lillard, wouldn’t it behoove you to bring in the smartest point guard of the last decade to mentor him and make sure he develops properly? Yes, yes it would.
Also, because Lillard is 22 years old and more NBA-ready than other draft picks, he would be able to cut down on Nash’s minutes, extending his career and protecting his back.
Portland needs to sell Nash on a few non-basketball things if this is going to become a reality, because basketball-wise it makes more sense than any other team.
First, they need to sell the fact that Blazers fans are obsessed with this team and that it would be refreshing to have a city support him after years of semi-apathetic fans in Phoenix.
Also, Portland is closer to his hometown of Victoria, British Columbia, than any of the other cities, is one of the healthier cities in the country (something very important to Nash) and has a huge bike culture (ditto).
The biggest deterrent of this happening is that the new executive leadership doesn’t love Nash nearly as much as the old one, but if they sit back and realize they need Steve Nash, I think a three-year, $33-36 million offer would be perfect for both parties.