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NBA Trade Speculation: 5 Teams Steve Nash Could Land His First Championship With

Andy BaileyFeatured ColumnistJune 17, 2011

NBA Trade Speculation: 5 Teams Steve Nash Could Land His First Championship With

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    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 usi
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    Steve Nash has been nothing short of spectacular since he rejoined the Phoenix Suns in 2004. He's won two MVPs, been to five All-Star games and led the league in assists five times.

    The run-and-gun style that he and Mike D'Antoni brought to Phoenix was exciting and led to a lot of regular season success. Unfortunately for Nash, it didn't lead them any further than the Western Conference finals in the postseason.

    Now that his career is winding down, it's become increasingly clear that a title for a Nash-led Suns squad is a long shot at best.

    Trading him would benefit both the player and the team. Nash could provide an instant boost to the offense of a few contenders. The Suns could finally kick-start their inevitable rebuilding.

    Please bear in mind, most of the potential (often insane) trades I'm about to throw out would almost certainly include some draft picks either way.

    Here are five 2012 contenders that Nash could finally capture his first ring with.

     

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Miami Heat

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    MIAMI, FL - JUNE 12:  Chris Bosh #1 of the Miami Heat answers questions from the media at a post game press conference after the Dallas Mavericks won 105-95 in Game Six of the 2011 NBA Finals at American Airlines Arena on June 12, 2011 in Miami, Florida.
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    The Deal: Steve Nash and Josh Childress for Chris Bosh

     

    Plenty of people will be looking for a scapegoat in Miami over the next few months. While it may be LeBron James right now, don't be surprised if someone else starts taking the brunt of the criticism.

    Before I go any further, I need to say that trading any of the "Big Three" seems like a serious overreaction at this point, but don't be surprised if people suggest trading Bosh a lot this summer.

    He's not the kind of young talent Phoenix probably wants for Nash, but he's shown he can take a team to the playoffs as the franchise player. If it could surround him with a couple other stars, Phoenix could be all right in a year or two.

    Unloading the contract of Childress would be a plus for the Suns as well.

    For Miami, one of its biggest deficiencies was at point guard last year. Nash would make life much easier for LeBron and Dwyane Wade on the offensive end of the floor, but they'd have to expend all that saved energy on defense to make up for Nash's deficiencies there.

Orlando Magic

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    ORLANDO, FL - APRIL 26:  Ryan Anderson #33 of the Orlando Magic celebrates a three point shot against the Atlanta Hawks during Game Five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 26, 2011 at the Amway Arena in Orlando, Flor
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    The Deal: Steve Nash for Ryan Anderson and Jameer Nelson

    In this deal, the Suns would be getting a quality starting point guard in Jameer Nelson and one of the most underrated players in the league in Ryan Anderson.

    Orlando's young forward averaged 17.2 points and nine rebounds per 36 minutes last season. The only bench player with a higher Player Efficiency Rating than Anderson was Lamar Odom (who started 35 games).

    This guy is definitely an NBA-quality starter and undoubtedly deserved that role over Brandon Bass in Orlando. He could be a great pickup for Phoenix.

    On the other end of the deal, Nash would be a great fit for Orlando. He would increase the offensive efficiency of the entire team—and just imagine how many more dunks Dwight Howard would get.

Los Angeles Lakers

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    DALLAS, TX - MAY 08:  Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers is ejected from play against the Dallas Mavericks in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NBA Playoffs on May 8, 2011 at American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas.
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    The Deal: Steve Nash and Robin Lopez for Andrew Bynum

    This would be a no-brainer for the Suns and absolutely insane for the Lakers. But don't be surprised if I'm not the only person who throws out this ludicrous idea.

San Antonio Spurs

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    ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 05:  Tony Parker #9 of the San Antonio Spurs against the Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena on April 5, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user
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    The Deal: Steve Nash and Vince Carter for Tony Parker, Richard Jefferson and Antonio McDyess

    Again, this one makes a ton of sense for the Spurs but very little sense for the Suns. I guess Tony Parker could be pretty explosive if Phoenix kept something similar to the current system, and Jefferson would be a solid replacement for the soon-to-retire Grant Hill.

    McDyess will be on an expiring contract next year, so that's money off the books.

    As for the other side of the deal, Steve Nash could re-energize Tim Duncan and the rest of the Spurs organization (despite the fact that he's already 37).

New York Knicks

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 22:  Landry Fields #6 of the New York Knicks brings the ball up court against the Boston Celtics in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals in the 2011 NBA Playoffs on April 22, 2011 at Madison Square Garden in New York Cit
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    The Deal: Steve Nash and Robin Lopez for Chauncey Billups and Landry Fields

    I know I throw out the Billups-Fields combo every time I talk about possible Knicks trades. I only do that because I have to. Those two are the only tradable assets New York has (the Carmelo Anthony deal wiped them out).

    Billups would be on an expiring contract for Phoenix, and Fields has proven that he can be a solid wing in the NBA (they'll need one to replace the aging Vince Carter and Grant Hill).

    As for Nash in New York, some think it will work, but don't count me among that crowd. The Nash-Amar'e Stoudemire-D'Antoni trio failed in Phoenix because of a lack of defense, and I don't see any more of that on New York's roster.

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