Phoenix Suns: No Action For The Phoenix Suns Before February 24th, Maybe...?

Avi ScherContributor IIFebruary 17, 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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There have been many talks about Steve Nash being traded so the Suns can start to rebuild. But Nash is here, and he's here to stay.

Most of the "Nash" fans want him to be traded because the Suns don't look like a playoff team, and after Nash's amazing career (up to now) and his personality, the fans want Nash to have a chance while he is still playing his best to make to the finals and get a championship.

But Nash is a believer, he believes he can take a championship with the Suns and he wants to win one with them.

It seems like the owner, Robert Sarver, doesn't understand what he has. He doesn't see what the Cleveland Cavaliers' owner Dan Gilbert saw, or what Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss saw. The two teams saw what their star players could bring to the court and made sure to have good players around them so they could try and win a championship.

Cavs' owner Dan Gilbert felt like LeBron James stabbed him in the back, which thousands of Cav fans also felt, and I'm sure if it was on our team, we would feel the same. Gilbert got anything James wanted, wasn't cheap, and he got back a lot in from James like endorsements, broadcasts, merchandise, etc.

At the time, the Cavs were the most talked about team in the NBA and finished two years straight with the best record in the NBA. But in my opinion, the coach wasn't able to get the team to the top level. But if James would have stayed they would have gotten a championship sooner than later.

But we all know how it ended, LeBron left the team that gave him all.

The Lakers' case isn't much different: the owner did all he could do keep Kobe Bryant happy, even letting the most dominate center (back then), Shaquille O'Neal, go. After a few seasons, as Kobe began getting frustrated with the team, Jerry Buss made some big changes, adding Paul Gasol and Ron Artiest a year later, not cutting on any expenses in any way.  

The Suns' owner, Robert Sarver, has been doing...well, no one really knows what he's be doing. When the Suns were close to a championship, and just needed a big defensive center, he traded the Suns' best defensive player and good offensive player, Shawn Marion, for a big "NOT" defender in Shaquille O'Neal.

The Suns were eliminated by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round in five games. The year after, the Suns didn't even make the playoffs.

In the season the Suns did not make the playoffs (2008/09), they again traded their best defender, Raja Bell, and all around player Boris Diaw for "NOT" defensive players Jason Richardson and unknown Jared Dudley. Of course, I didn't mention that they signed Terry Porter to coach the four All-Stars and two MVP's, but did not have the coaching experience to handle this kind of group and was fired in the middle of the season.

The season after, the Suns released Shaq and returned to the "run-and-gun" offense, and with all credit going to the coach Alvin Gentry and Steve Nash, the Suns made it to the Western Conference Finals, to only lose to the eventual champion L.A Lakers.

The Suns were closer than ever, needing only some small changes like adding a big, defensive center (again) so that they could make it to the finals. But instead, Sarver let the Suns All-Star and leading scorer, Amar'e Stoudemire, go for NOTHING. No trade and sign, nothing.

As a result, Sarver wanted all the fans to see that he wasn't cheap, so with the STAT money he got three players: Hedo Turkoglu, Josh Childress and Hakim Warrick. Hedo was traded three months three months after (can't trade a player until after they've been signed for three month), and Sarver is stuck with Childress' bloated salary that no team is willing to take.

Important note on this issue: This cannot be blamed on a GM because the Suns did not have one when all this went down, and was solely Sarver's idea and move.

Like I noted before, Nash is a special player, capable of making a team out of a fifth grade class, which is what he is doing now with the Suns. The Suns will make the playoffs because Nash is playing even better than in his MVP years, although he's not in the MVP race because of the team's record.

The Suns are over .500 because of Nash. They brought in Vince Carter to help Nash lead this team, but if Carter can't provide 20 points a game (only 14.3 since joining the Suns) he's not helping like expected, and isn't even close to how J Rich did.

The Suns don't have anything to deal by February 24th; the only option is that someone will take Childress's huge contract and give us a young PF that can take some boards and maybe block some shots, and hopefully play some D.  

I'm sure the Suns will be willing to take even less just to get out of his ridiculous contract. I hope Saver will come to he's senses and understand what he has in Steve Nash and next year give him a team that can be a contender.

Nash is a two-time MVP for a reason, like active players Tim Duncan and LeBron James. Nash is the only point guard to get back-to-back MVP awards, but still Sarver is taking that for granted.

Not much is needed: the Suns have a great "supporting cast" in Robin Lopez, Marcin Gortat, Jared Dudley, Channing Frye, Goran Dragic, Grant Hill (I would re-sign him) and Mickael Pietrus. Add Steve Nash and a All-Star PF and a high percentage three-point shooter that can play defense and you have a contender.

The Suns will have some money this offseason, so let's just hope they (Sarver) do the right thing.


Extra: Steve Nash and Allen Iverson are the smallest (shortest) player ever to win an MVP award.