NBA Trade Rumors: Phoenix Suns to Trade Steve Nash to Draft Derrick Williams?

Andy Bailey@@AndrewDBaileyFeatured ColumnistJune 5, 2011

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 13:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns during the NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at US Airways Center on April 13, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona.  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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The Phoenix Suns need to kick start a rebuilding process as Steve Nash is nearing the end of his career, and the style he and Mike D'Antoni brought to Phoenix has never really paid off (at least in terms of a championship or even an NBA Finals appearance).

Nash does still have a lot he can offer a team, and he's bound to be an asset many organizations would love to have.  The Minnesota Timberwolves organization is one that would benefit from Nash's presence for multiple reasons.

Since the lottery order was announced, the No. 2 pick has been a much hotter topic than No. 1. Speculation over the possibility of Minnesota trading the pick has run rampant and two teams that have recently emerged as possible interested parties are the Washington Wizards and the Suns.

The Suns would have a great shot at landing the pick if they simply faced reality and realized they need to trade the franchise point guard.  

A deal of Steve Nash and the No. 13 pick in exchange for Jonny Flynn, Wesley Johnson and the No. 2 pick makes sense from a basketball standpoint and works under current salary cap rules as well (Minnesota will have to give up a couple players to cover Nash's incoming salary).

This would be a good move for Minnesota because they'd get a point guard that will make forwards Michael Beasley and Kevin Love even more productive than they already were.  Plus, they could still draft a wing to replace Wesley Johnson with the No. 20 pick.

Nash would also be a fantastic mentor for newly signed Spanish import Ricky Rubio.

For Phoenix, they would get significantly younger and landing Jonny Flynn may be something they've already talked about.

Flynn, Wesley Johnson and Derrick Williams could all be starters in a year or two when the Suns' old guard (Nash, Vince Carter and Grant Hill) is completely gone.


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