NBA Free Agency 2012: 5 Teams Steve Nash Could Sign With

Patrick BrittonAnalyst IMay 14, 2012

NBA Free Agency 2012: 5 Teams Steve Nash Could Sign With

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    With the 2012 NBA free-agency period coming up, Steve Nash must decide what team he wants to play for next season. The long-time point guard is without a ring at 38, and he would prefer to go to a team where he could win a title within the next couple years before he retires.

    Here are five teams Steve Nash might be interested in.  

1. Dallas Mavericks

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    Although Nash left the Mavericks on relatively bad terms back in 2004, Dallas has a talented roster that could challenge for a title with him, and he’s great friends with Dirk Nowitzki.

    With Jason Kidd appearing to be aging faster than Nash, the Mavericks would have a tremendous upgrade at point guard. If Dallas fails to sign Deron Williams right away, they should target Nash before he signs somewhere else. 

2. New York Knicks

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    Although Jeremy Lin was a great success story this year, he failed to fit with the Knicks' other stars in Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire. Nash already had success with Amare back in Phoenix and if Anthony can’t fit with a great point guard in Nash, then the Knicks should just trade him.

    Lin is a free agent this summer as well, and the Knicks would be a much better team if they switched him for Nash. 

3. Miami Heat

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    When Steve Nash was on "The Dan Patrick Show in March," he stated that he would not be against signing with the Heat this offseason.

    Nash would make the Heat even better than they already are. He would give them both exceptional passing and scoring from the point guard position. While they might not have the money to sign him, if Nash was willing to take a pay cut, he could be taking his talents to South Beach this summer.

4. Toronto Raptors

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    While the Raptors don’t appear to be able to contend for a title anytime soon, Nash was raised in Canada and would be loved by all Toronto fans. He would also help to elevate the play of DeMar DeRozan and Andrea Bargnani to an even greater level, and he would allow the Raptors to challenge for the playoffs next year.

    Whether Nash is willing to sacrifice wins for the chance to play in Canada remains to be seen, but the Raptors would benefit mightily by signing him. 

5. Orlando Magic

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    If Orlando decides not to trade Dwight Howard this offseason, they should consider signing Nash. With two All-Stars and the rising play of Glen Davis, they would be one of the premier teams in the Eastern Conference.

    Nash would make basketball in Orlando exciting again, and he would make Dwight Howard think twice before requesting another trade.