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Los Angeles Lakers: Steve Nash May Be the Answer

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 17:  Guard Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns looks to shoot the ball as guard Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers defends in Game One of the Western Conference Finals during the 2010 NBA Playoffs at Staples Center on May 17, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Hayden KimCorrespondent IIIJuly 4, 2012

Never in a million years did Lakers fans see this coming.

Who would have thought that one day an arch-rival from none other than the Phoenix Suns in Steve Nash would be headed to Los Angeles in a sign-and-trade deal for a package of future draft picks?

If David Stern decides to redeem himself in the Laker community, this not only brings the Lakers closer to the Promised Land, it brings infinite possibilities as well. 

If Nash were to arrive in Los Angeles in a Lakers uniform in a matter of days or weeks, this would leave the Lakers' free-agency possibilities wide open. With Nash, the Lakers would once again have a star player to draw other free agents into the mix, and knowing GM Mitch Kupchak, anything is possible when you're with the Lakers. 

But Nash isn't going to be all sun and rainbows for the Lakers; being 38 years old and his game slowly drifting away, the Lakers would have to pick up the usual lack of defense from Nash.

In that sense, the Lakers still wouldn't have solved one of their biggest issues, which is trying to guard other teams' star point guards.

Nash looks to have about two, maybe three good years left, so the Lakers will have to make an immediate move to fit his style and bring them into a legitimate position to contend for next year's title. 

Of course all of this talk is pointless if the deal doesn't actually end up going through. As you know, Commissioner Stern recently denied the Lakers the opportunity to acquire All-Star point guard Chris Paul this last season, and you can just see what that has done to the Lakers in such a short time.

But be on your guard, because the 38-year-old Canadian may be headed to Los Angeles sooner than we know it. We'll just have to wait and see.

In the meantime, Kupchak and the Lakers need to figure out how they are going to surround Nash with players who fit his pick-and-roll, fast-break style of play. Yeah, Nash will instantly make the Lakers better by being a pass-first point guard, but let's not kid ourselves—he's still the same player he has and always will be.

If the Lakers want to be successful, they will need to add sharpshooters and more athletic players than they currently have. If that means trading away Gasol for Josh Smith of the Hawks, or if that means figuring out a way to acquire Dwight Howard, something simply needs to happen, and fast.

The NBA community has been waiting for and watching what the Lakers were going to do during this chaotic time that is the free-agency/offseason period, and if Nash holds true, this might as well be put down as another great move by not only Kupchak but the entire Lakers organization. You may hate the Purple and Gold with all your heart, but you have to give it to them—they sure do know how to get back to the top even when they are rock bottom.   

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