The 2012 NBA Draft took place on Thursday night, leaving free agency as the next stop in the world where basketball never sleeps. The majority of folks are still focused on Thursday night's happenings, but there was some new news Friday morning relating to Steve Nash.
Nash is no longer in his prime, of course, but the Phoenix Suns guard can certainly still play a high level of basketball, and with his six-year deal with the Suns now complete, there are plenty of teams interested in acquiring his services for next season. ESPN's Marc Stein reports one of those teams is the Toronto Raptors.
Shifting to free agency: Hearing Raptors want to park no less than a five-deep contingent in Manhattan to woo Steve Nash as soon as allowed— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 29, 2012
Raps president of basketball ops Bryan Colangelo wooed Nash same way in summer of 2004 ... and quickly convinced Nash to swap DAL for PHX— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) June 29, 2012
There's a good bit of history between Colangelo and Nash, and the prospect of playing in his home country might make the Raptors a darkhorse in the Steve Nash Sweepstakes, but it's quite possible even a "five-deep contingent" won't even be able to woo Nash enough to get him to play out his final years on a currently sub-par team.
That said, it'd be a great story ... and Toronto certainly seems to have the right all-in approach of making it possible.
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