Steve Nash has agreed to a two year, $22 million extension. Nash had been offered an extension two weeks ago by owner Robert Sarver. The signing is expected to be announced through Nash's twitter page.
This shoots down all rumors of Nash reuniting with Mike D’Antoni in New York, as Nash was set be part of the infamous 2010 free agent class, where D’Antoni would make a push to lure Nash.
The Suns had also flirted with trading Nash to a team like the Knicks, but were never serious. Instead, Nash chose the security of the extension keeping him with the team that drafted him out of Santa Clara.
This is a great move for Nash who is 35 years old, and also gives the Suns stability at point guard. Nash is coming off a season in which he averaged about 16 points per game, with 10 assists. However, Nash looked tired late in the season as he was forced to carry the team.
The extension would end when Nash is 38 years old, which makes it very likely the two time MVP will retire as a member of the Suns; however the Suns drafted in the lottery last season. If the team fails to reach the postseason, will this make them a contender?
The answer is no, the Suns have had a quiet offseason with the signings of Channing Frye and resigning of Grant Hill. The Suns also drafted Earl Clark, the forward out of Louisville. In the end the Suns remain, at best, a borderline playoff team.
Now that Nash has been locked up at an extension, Amare Stoudamire is next. Suns general manager Steve Kerr will try to get Stoudamire to sign an extension with the aim of building a contending team around Stoudamire.