The details of a sign-and-trade deal that would bring Steve Nash to New York City are beginning to formulate into a possible way for the Knicks to provide Nash with the contract he would need to join their roster. According to Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic, New York is offering Landry Fields, Toney Douglas, Dan Gadzuric, Jerome Jordan and $3 million in exchange for the 38-year-old point guard.
The Knicks believe that Nash is the key to bringing themselves to the next level to be serious title contenders coming out of the east.
The deal is very enticing to the Suns as they would receive Landry Fields, a very young shooting guard with potential to really grow into a strong contributor for the team.
In the two years, he has played in the league he has averaged 9.3 points per game on 48.0 percent shooting as well as providing 5.4 rebounds per game and 2.2 assists per game. He would likely have a fairly well valued contract in the sign-and-trade, providing the Suns with a good valued young player with great potential to continue to improve.
Along with Landry Fields, they would receive Toney Douglas, Dan Gadzuric and Jerome Jordan that amount to $4.18 million of one-year, non-guaranteed contracts.
These contracts could allow the Suns to cut these players if they have no interest of having them on the team, or they could allow them to play out their contracts and determine if any of the three deserve a chance to play for the team in the future.
The final piece to the deal is $3 million in cash that basically would pay for most of the three players contracts for the year, allowing the Suns a very low risk experiment with Douglas, Gadzuric and Jordan.
In doing the sign-and-trade, Nash would be able to leave his former team with some help for the future, which he would be unable to do if he left via free agency, and still find himself on a team that will be more capable of bringing a championship than the Suns in the near future.
The Knicks really lose only Landry Fields in value, as the other players and money are easily replaceable through minimum level contracts.
However, they will receive Nash who would be incredible at running their offense and providing the necessary tools the Knicks need to truly mesh as a group of superstars.Steve Nash averaged 12.5 points per game on 53.2 percent shooting as well as providing an incredible 10.7 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game.
Nash may even be able to improve on these numbers as he would surround himself with several other All-Star caliber scoring threats, and he would be the key to combining their talents.
Carmelo Anthony, Amar'e Stoudemire, Tyson Chandler and Steve Nash would be a force to reckon with and would likely find themselves in a much more advantageous position come playoffs next season.
The deal seems to be a great value for both teams, as the Suns find themselves getting something in return for Nash and the Knicks get one of the best pure point guards in the NBA. This deal is likely to be discussed at great lengths over the next few days, but I would not be surprised to see Nash in New York by July 11.
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