That’s not a knock on the Phoenix Suns organization as much as it’s praise for one of the greatest point guards to ever play the game.
Nash has never said a word to a team that was a crazy Ron Artest air-ball-turned-layup away from having a realistic chance at reaching the NBA Finals in 2010 but has now become a complete shell of itself. The Suns couldn’t even finish at .500 last season.
Nash needs a center or power forward that can run the pick-and-roll with him, and Jared Dudley just isn’t cutting it. Nash needs a player like Amar'e Stoudemire in his life again. The penny-pinching Suns aren’t about to give it to him. Phoenix is much closer to rebuilding mode, and the 37-year-old simply doesn’t have the time to stick around and wait.
He’s due $11 million this year, which is extremely appealing to a team that’s a point guard away from competing for a championship. A first-round draft pick or two should be sufficient enough for an aging player with eroding defensive skills.
Then there is a team like the Lakers, who could offer the Suns Andrew Bynum in an attempt to maximize the short season that will keep Kobe Bryant and Nash fresher. Or how about the Magic toss a few draft picks Phoenix’s way to bring Nash in and try to salvage a Dwight Howard re-signing?
The bottom line is there are plenty of teams that would be more than willing to trade for a 42 percent career three-point shooter that is the best dribbler in the game.
The Suns aren’t going anywhere this season, and it’s not fair to take down Nash with them.