Steve Nash to Lakers: Trade Analysis, Grade and Twitter Reaction

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Steve Nash to Lakers: Trade Analysis, Grade and Twitter Reaction
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The Los Angeles Lakers have just pulled off a stunning free-agency coup by landing veteran All-Star point guard Steve Nash from the Phoenix Suns.

ESPN's Marc Stein first broke the story:

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed the story:

The deal is one that seems to benefit both sides.'s Marc Stein reports: "The Suns will receive 2013 and 2015 first-round picks and 2013 and 2014 second-round picks from the Lakers."

Additionally, the Suns will receive a sum of cash, according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears:

Spears also reports:

This bold move is just what the doctor ordered for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant isn't going to be around much longer, and the franchise needed to make the most out of his last few years.

Mitch Kupchak and Co. have surely succeeded. 

It seems highly unlikely that the Lakers will be able to make a deal for Dwight Howard now. No matter. Andrew Bynum is going to keep getting better, and his offensive repertoire is far superior to Howard's.  

Grade: A-

Nash and Bryant in the same backcourt is going to make the Lakers favorites to win the West, alongside the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs.

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Nash is significantly better than Ramon Sessions, and he's a proven performer in clutch situations, so we're not likely to see a massive letdown from him in the postseason like we recently did with Sessions.

The one thing I worry about with this deal is that Nash doesn't necessarily fit the mold of head coach Mike Brown's defense-first mentality. If anything, the 38-year-old Nash can be a liability on defense. 

In the end, though, Nash's ability to distribute and hit clutch shots outweigh any defensive discrepancies. 

Tweets of the Night

Hello Lakers made an apt point here regarding Kobe Bryant and his relationship with GM Mitch Kupchak:

Suns broadcaster Jon Bloom expresses his frustration about the deal:

Vaugh Fry isn't a fan of the deal, either, and he's pretty sure something's wrong with Kupchak:

Stay tuned to Bleacher Report for all your Lakers and NBA news, analysis and instant reaction. There is sure to be much more to come in the wake of this deal. 

Where will Jeremy Lin end up?

What's going to happen with Dwight Howard?

We'll keep you updated on all these stories and more as the news continues pouring in. 

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July out there.

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