NBA Trade Speculations: What Are the Wolves' Chances of Landing Steve Nash?

Joseph FafinskiCorrespondent IFebruary 16, 2011

PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 30:   Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns drives the ball past Trevor Ariza #1 of the New Orleans Hornets during the NBA game at US Airways Center on January 30, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Suns defeated the Hornets 104-102. 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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Rumors have been afloat lately that the Minnesota Timberwolves are inquiring about a fella by the name of Steve Nash.

ESPN's Marc Stein reported on February 11th that the Wolves were looking at Nash as a mentor for 20-year-old Ricky Rubio, whom they currently own the rights to.

Stein also went on to note that Minnesota has been calling the Suns the most during the process, but have stated that they will not give up anything huge on the roster. That makes Phoenix wonder if it will actually be worth it.

Do I think it's worth it?

For a season or two more, yes, it really could be. Nash would bring much needed backcourt intensity, something that is not necessarily shown as brilliantly when Luke Ridnour or Jonny Flynn run the point.

The fact is that Nash is as elite of a passer as there is in this league, and at age 37, he still puts up spectacular numbers.

This season in Phoenix he dishes the ball to Vince Carter, Grant Hill and Channing Frye. That's not exactly the Western Conference All-Star, yet Nash is averaging an amazing 11.3 assists per game.

With a supporting cast of Rubio, Kevin Love and Michael Beasley next season, who knows how well he would fare.

Besides, the Wolves need a veteran to show them the way; Ridnour, at 29, is the oldest Wolf on the roster.

However, there is a downside to this whole seemingly easy process.

Nash has long been known as an offensive player, but his defensive skills have been lacking, and this doesn't exactly bode well with the Wolves, who give up a league-worst 108.1 points per game.

But in all honesty, his offensive jewels might be too good to pass up.

So will it actually happen?

I ultimately put the chances of the Wolves acquiring Nash right around 35 percent. This is because Stein makes note that the Suns are determined to keep the Santa Clara product at any cost as offers will begin to flow in.

At the same time, however, the Minnesota Timberwolves have lots of money to spend and might even send cash towards the Suns' way in order to obtain Nash.

This doesn't necessarily mean that he'll stay with the Suns if the Wolves don't pick up his contract, though. Atlanta, Portland, Orlando, Toronto and Dallas (yes, the same team that he already played on for six years) have all talked to the 6'3" Nash.

So let's review: positives?

He would provide depth and wreak havoc on other opponents with his awesome playmaking abilities, while feeding the rock to able scorers.

Those reasons alone might be good enough for David Kahn to send a second-rounder to grab Steve Nash.