March 28, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash (13) in the second half of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center. Clippers won 103-86. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

Steve Nash Rumors: Phoenix Suns' Guard Won't Re-Sign Without Roster 'Improvements'

In a radio interview, Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash said he would not return to the team as a free agent next summer unless the organization demonstrated it would improve the roster.

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Steve Nash Rumors: Portland Trail Blazers Among Teams Likely To Pursue Free Agent Guard

Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash is expected to be one of the more hotly pursued commodities during the upcoming NBA free agency period. Though the Suns are expected to do everything they can to keep Nash in Phoenix, several teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers, are expected to vie for the 38-year-old's services, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

The Blazers are considered one of the more prominent suitors having spent several offseasons already trying to lure Nash. They are expected to have the finances necessary to potentially pull off a deal, and the fact that they are located close to Nash's native Vancouver, Canada, can't hurt.

The Toronto Raptors and the Brooklyn Nets (assuming they can't rope in Deron Williams) are the other two teams considered to be in the best position to go after Nash, according to Stein.

For more on Nash and the Suns, check out the SB Nation blog Bright Side of the Sun. For more on the Trail Blazers, head over to Blazer's Edge.

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Steve Nash Rumors: Suns' Guard Will Be Offered 2-Year, $20 Million Deal By Team, According To Report

The NBA offseason is still a couple months away, but the rumors have already started with free-agent guard Steve Nash. The Phoenix Suns star has reached a critical point of his career, as he is an unrestricted free agent and could very well leave Phoenix. To prevent that from happening, the Suns will offer him a two-year, $20 million deal, according to HoopsWorld's Alex Kennedy.

It remains to be seen what Nash decided, but one "contender" that surely will appear often in rumors is the New York Knicks. Kurt Helin of Pro Basketball Talk (via SB Nation New York) believes the Knicks will go hard after Nash this summer, though a lot depends on how the team views Jeremy Lin, who is also a free agent.

For more on the Knicks, visit Posting and Toasting. For more on the Suns, visit Bright Side of the Sun and SB Nation Arizona.


Steve Nash Rumors: Phoenix Suns Point Guard Clarifies Status

Steve Nash responded to comments that he is disgruntled with the Phoenix Suns organization. The New York Post claimed that the point guard was "steamed" that the team didn't pursue Boris Diaw following his release from the Charlotte Bobcats. SB Nation Arizona was on the scene as Nash explained that he didn't know where the rumors were coming from.

"Oh really? That's the first I heard of it," Nash said. "Obviously, I'd love to have Boris (Diaw) on the team but, um, I never talked to anybody in New York. I'm happy. We've got ourselves a chance to make the playoffs. We've overachieved this far, frankly, and we always want more."

Nash did say that he would like the team to make an effort to add a go-to offensive weapon in the offseason, or at least a committee of players that can pick up the scoring slack. He also reiterated that he is keeping his options open regarding what he might do as a free agent after the season.

"We'll see. Like I said, I'm just keeping all my options open. I want to try and get in the playoffs here and have these last 15 games go our way. I really don't think about it much. At this point I want us to try and do the best we can in these 15 games. We'll worry about that after the season."

You can check out Nash's full comments in the video provided by SB Nation Arizona and Suns blog Bright Side of the Sun below:

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Steve Nash Says He'd Listen To Free Agency Pitch From Miami Heat

Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash is one of the highest-profile players who will be entering free agency after the 2011-12 NBA season. He has spent 10 of his 16 seasons in the league with the Suns, but in a radio interview with Dan Patrick on Thursday, Nash said he would listen if LeBron James made a pitch for the point guard to join the Miami Heat.

"I would listen," Nash said. "He's phenomenal. I love what they're doing there. A lot of people don't like them because they put all that talent there. But they're professional, they play hard, they play together. Their coaching staff has done a great job, so I have a tremendous amount of respect for them.

Just how serious Nash is about joining the Heat is up for debate. He has generally been pretty content where he is, but with his career winding down, he might be willing to relocate for a chance at a championship ring. The Heat don't have much cap space to work with, so Nash may have to be willing to play for the mid-level exception if he wants to go to Miami.

For more on Nash and the Suns, check out the SB Nation blog Bright Side of the Sun.


Steve Nash Says He Won't Re-Sign With Suns If Organization Doesn't Improve Roster

Steve Nash was not traded from the Phoenix Suns at the 2012 NBA trade deadline, as the Suns held firm to their stance that he was untouchable. However, Nash did fire a bit of a warning shot the Suns' way as he prepares to become an unrestricted free agent over the summer.

In an interview with the Dan Patrick Show, Nash admitted that he would leave Phoenix if the organization didn't demonstrate interest in upgrading the roster. As transcribed by Eye on Basketball:

"I definitely do want to win," he said. "I'm not going to come back to the Suns if there isn't an improvement. If they're not ambitious and they're not looking to upgrade the roster seriously. And I think they are. They'll have a lot of flexibility in free agency. I think I've been standing pat so they could do some things this summer. I think they'll become a definite possibility for me, but I do want to win and I do want to consider all my options."

The Suns have just over $30 million in committed salary this summer, not including a $4 million qualifying offer for Robin Lopez. They could clear another $6.5 million by using the amnesty clause on disappointing forward Josh Childress.

For more on the Suns, visit Bright Side of the Sun and SB Nation Arizona.

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