The Toronto Raptors are reportedly pushing hard to bring two-time MVP Steve Nash home to Canada. According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Raptors offered the 38-year-old point guard a three-year, $36 million contract, blowing away all reasonable projections of what kind of contract offer Nash would merit. The deal would actually be a slight raise over Nash's previous contract. According to Basketball Reference, Nash had a salary of less than $11.7 million in '11-'12.
The offer was thrown around late Saturday night, but Stein's sources say that offer has been made. The Suns drafted North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall in last week's NBA draft with their first-round pick, leading to speculation they weren't prepared to match any hefty offer for Nash, who averaged 12.5 points and 10.7 assists last season.
Nash has also been rumored to be in discussions with the Mavericks for a reunion with his good friend Dirk Nowitzki -- he played in Dallas for six years earlier in his career, helping to turn the franchise into an annual contender -- as well as the Knicks and Nets.