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NBA Trade Rumors: Why Phoenix Suns Owe Steve Nash a Trade to Contender

PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 27:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns drives the ball past Shawn Marion #0 of the Dallas Mavericks during the NBA game at US Airways Center on March 27, 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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Eric BallFeatured ColumnistNovember 30, 2011

Steve Nash deserves better than the Phoenix Suns at this point in his career.

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.

LeBron James jokingly tweeted that he wanted the Heat to trade for Nash, and you know Stoudemire is missing him in New York while he watches another Carmelo Anthony isolation play.

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?

There are other point guard-needy contenders that would love to have Nash, like Atlanta, Philadelphia and Memphis.

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.

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