Steve Nash Signs Extension with Suns

Carmine CarusoCorrespondent IJuly 21, 2009

OAKLAND, CA - MARCH 15:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns shoots against the Golden State Warriors during an NBA game on March 15, 2009 at Oracle Arena in Oakland, 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 Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The Phoenix Suns made a big re-signing Monday, signing star point guard Steve Nash to a $22 million extension. Nash was inked through this upcoming season, and will now be in Phoenix for the 2010-2011 and 2011-2012 seasons.

Nash finished last season averaging 15.7 points per game, 9.7 assists per game, 0.7 steals per game, and 3.1 rebounds per game. He shot .503 from the field, and .439 percent from behind the three-point line. Nash was also a career best .933 shooting free throws.

Nash has been in the NBA since 1996, when he was picked 15th overall by the Suns. Nash played for the Suns from '96 to '98, and was then traded to the Dallas Mavericks. He played for the Mavs until after the 2003-2004 season, and was signed the following year by the Suns.

Nash has won two league MVP awards, winning the award in the first two seasons of his second stint with the Suns. He was the third point guard ever to win the MVP, and the first ever Canadian-born player to accomplish the feat.

Nash is also a six-time All Star, a three-time member of the All-NBA First Team, a one-time member of the All-NBA Second Team, and a two-time member of the All-NBA Third Team.

Nash is 35 years old. He is heading into his 14th NBA season and eighth with the Suns.