There is a rumor that the Phoenix Suns will be shopping around Steve Nash during the 2011 NBA draft. I think it would be a huge mistake to trade away Steve Nash, and the Suns would be drastically worse without him.
Read on to see what Nash brings to the table and why the Suns would be foolish to trade him.
Steve Nash is the heart and soul of the Phoenix Suns. There is no other way to describe his worth to the team. The offense is designed around him. There's a reason the offense was considerably different when Goran Dragic ran point last year.
It is virtually impossible to replace someone as unselfish as Nash, who could easily score 20 points a night. It's not often when the best pure shooter in the game, as well as one of the best statistical shooters of all time, is also the most unselfish player in the league.
Nash is arguably the most valuable player in the league.
By this, I don't mean the winner of the MVP award. I mean the player who means the most to his team.
Imagine the Suns without Nash. They would not be a half-game out of eighth place. It would be a very similar situation to the post-LeBron Cavaliers.
Steve Nash means a great deal to the Phoenix community and the state of Arizona as a whole. Steve has been connected to countless charities and does his best to contribute both locally in Phoenix and nationally.
He also is one of the most beloved athletes in Arizona. The fans absolutely love him. He's right up there with Larry Fitzgerald in terms of popularity. Nash puts people in the stands. There's really no other way to say it. People pay to see one of the better point guards in the league.
The thing that attracts fans the most is Nash's loyalty to the city. He has been rumored to be on the move for several years now and has said that he wants to stay in Phoenix. He could easily demand a trade, but he loves the community and wants to win a title in Phoenix.
That is the biggest thank you the fans could ever get.
The Suns have been known to shop around good players. While Nash is the remaining star who hasn't left, don't expect management to make him the exception.
The team will no doubt gauge interest in Nash unless the Suns go on a deep playoff run. Considering the team is currently in ninth place, a deep playoff run just doesn't seem likely at all. With that being said, I expect Nash's name to be floated around.
Teams such as Atlanta, Miami, Dallas and maybe even Denver could be in the discussion for possible destinations for Nash. Of those four, I could see Atlanta making the hardest push for Nash. The Hawks could really use a legitimate point guard, and Nash would dramatically help them.
I believe there is a 90 percent chance the Suns shop Steve Nash during the draft.
The Suns have traded important players before, and it wouldn't surprise me if they traded Nash. Something is telling me that Nash won't be traded away. I think the team will definitely listen to offers and see what they could get, but I just can't see them parting with Nash unless they were offered an unreal proposal.
I give the Suns a 30 percent chance of trading away Steve Nash. Teams like Atlanta, Miami, Dallas and maybe even Minnesota would all be interested in the two-time MVP.
But for entertainment's sake, here are some trade proposals that could land Nash on another team.
Atlanta sends: Jeff Teague, Hilton Armstrong, a 2011 First Round Draft pick, a 2012 First Round Draft pick, a 2012 second-round draft pick and cash.
Phoenix sends: Steve Nash, Gani Lawal and a 2012 second-round draft pick.
Dallas sends: Rodrique Beaubois, Corey Brewer, 2011 first-round draft pick, 2012 second-round draft pick and cash.
Phoenix sends: Steve Nash and a 2012 second-round draft choice.
Minnesota sends: Rights to Ricky Rubio, Luke Ridnour, a 2011 second-round draft pick, a 2012 first-round draft pick, a 2012 second-round draft pick and cash.
Phoenix sends: Steve Nash.