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Hollywood's Newest Star: Suns Trade Steve Nash To Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers have added another star: Steve Nash will play with Kobe Bryant in L.A.'s backcourt.

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Why You Never Doubt The Lakers

The Lakers traded for Steve Nash Wednesday and shocked the NBA world with one more trade that'll keep them contending for the next few years. But none of this should be surprising.


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Grant Hill Rumors: Guard Will Follow Steve Nash To Lakers Or Retire?

Following the announcement that Steve Nash had been traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, there was speculation that former Phoenix Suns teammate Grant Hill could follow him to L.A. Now, it appears Hill may either sign with the Lakers or choose to retire.

Hill has played 17 seasons in the NBA, including the last five with Nash in Phoenix. The 39-year-old was rumored to be considering the Lakers even before Nash was traded to Los Angeles. HIll recently underwent the same platelet-rich plasma therapy treatment with which Kobe Bryant and others have had success.

In Los Angeles, Hill could provide a boost to the thin Lakers bench.

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From The Suns To Kobe's Sunset: The Winners And Losers Of The Steve Nash Trade

Steve Nash's trade to the Lakers had ripple effects throughout the league. We take a look at some of those impacted, and how they fared.


Steve Nash Trade: Lakers Will Acquire Guard From Suns, According To Report

Could a longshot have pulled off a surprising deal for Steve Nash? Phoenix radio personality John Gambadoro is saying that one did -- and it's the Los Angeles Lakers.

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Gambadoro is considered credible by NBA reporters, and has been close to Nash for much of the two-time NBA MVP's time in Phoenix. He also reports that the Lakers will send multiple draft picks to the Suns to acquire Nash.

Nash has been one of the most coveted free agents of the 2012 NBA free agency period, with the Raptors and Knicks both making serious runs at acquiring the point guard, who is 38.

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The move will push the Lakers up against the salary cap, but their rich local television deal could help them withstand any luxury tax, and the potential for a trade to move Pau Gasol and his sizable salary still exists.

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Steve Nash Rumors: Knicks Emerge As Leader In Sign-And-Trade Arrangement, According To Report

After it looked like the Toronto Raptors were the favorites to land Steve Nash, the New York Knicks have surged back into the lead, according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski. The Knicks are looking at a sign-and-trade arrangement that would likely center around promising young guard Iman Shumpert, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. However, they are also looking for a third team that can provide assets so they wouldn't have to deal Shumpert.

After it's all said and done, the Knicks would likely sign Nash to a three-year contract worth between $27-30 million, according to Wojnarowski. The current arrangement has the Knicks sending Shumpert, Douglas and three other players back to Phoenix.

It looked like any sign-and-trade arrangement between the Phoenix Suns and Knicks would fall apart once the Toronto Raptors signed guard Landry Fields to a three-year offer sheet. Previous reports suggested that Fields was one of the cornerstones the Suns wanted in any sign-and-trade. However, it looks like the two sides are vigilant in getting a deal done even if Fields isn't involved.

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NBA Free Agency Rumors: Lakers Pursuing Steve Nash

With Deron Williams off the open market and staying with the Brooklyn Nets, Steve Nash is now the top point guard target for many teams. Enter the Los Angeles Lakers, reports NBA.com's David Aldridge. While the team can offer only a $3.09 million exception, the likely course of action the Lakers are pursuing is a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns.

Aldridge speculates that the Lakers could offer point guard Ramon Sessions and forwards Jordan Hill and Matt Barnes in any proposed deal. Metta World Peace, however, is not a piece the Suns would take back. There are some NBA insiders, though, that believe the Suns wouldn't want to make a trade with a team in the Pacific Division.

Nash, 38, reportedly has a three-year, $36 million offer on the table from the Toronto Raptors. Still, Aldridge reports that Nash is giving the Knicks more time to work out its own sign-and-trade deal with the Suns. The Dallas Mavericks are also apparently increasing their pursuit of Nash -- who played six seasons there before leaving in 2004 -- now that Williams has decided to stay with the Nets.

For more on these teams, check out Lakers blog Silver Screen and Roll and Suns blog Bright Side of the Sun.

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Landry Fields Signs 3-Year Offer Sheet With Toronto Raptors, According To Report

As they continue to pursue free-agent point guard Steve Nash, the Toronto Raptors have made another move, signing New York Knicks' guard Landry Fields to a three-year offer sheet that will "approach $20 million," according to ESPN's Marc Stein. The Knicks will have three days from July 11 to decide whether to match the offer for the restricted free agent.

Exact terms of the deal remain unclear, but Stein reports that it will likely have a third-year spike in salary, which is similar to the offer sheet Omer Asik reportedly received from the Rockets.

Fields was a top prospect at the beginning of his career, rising from a second-round pick to being an untouchable piece in the Knicks' trade for Carmelo Anthony in the middle of 2011. However, his game fell off dramatically once Anthony arrived. The hope for the Raptors is that his game will be reinvigorated by Nash, or at least by not playing with Anthony.

The move also hurts the Knicks' ability to offer Fields as a sign-and-trade piece to the Suns as a means to acquire Nash and pay him a larger salary.

For more on the Raptors, visit Raptors HQ. For more on the Knicks, visit Posting and Toasting and SB Nation New York.


Steve Nash Reportedly Meets With Brooklyn Nets

The Brooklyn Nets' top priority is re-signing point guard Deron Williams, but they're exploring other options in case he decides to bolt to Dallas. According to Nets beat writer Stefan Bondy, the Nets are meeting with free agent point guard Steve Nash on Sunday.

Nash seems unlikely to return to Phoenix, and is attracting interest from multiple suitors. The Toronto Raptors are openly courting him, and are rumored to be offering a three-year deal worth eight figures per season. The Nets will almost certainly not be interested in signing Nash if Williams decides to return, but they could do worse than the 38-year-old two-time MVP if they don't get to keep Williams. At the very least, Nash should help the team get some folks in the seats early next season, and he's still a starter-quality point guard.

For more on the Nets, head over to NetsDaily and SB Nation New York.


Steve Nash Reportedly Offered 3 Years, $36 Million Contract By Raptors

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.

For more news on where Nash may end up, check out Suns blog Bright Side of the Sun and SB Nation Arizona.

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NBA Rumors: Steve Nash Talks About Leaving The Suns

If there was any question as to whether two-time MVP Steve Nash would consider leaving the Suns after eight seasons in Phoenix, let that be put to rest. Speaking to ESPN's Marc Stein, the point guard said that for the first time since joining the Suns in 2004, he can see himself playing for another team. Via Bright Side Of The Sun, here's what Nash told Stein this week in New York at an annual soccer event the point guard puts on:

"I couldn't list a favorite ... But I do know that for the first time I realize that it might not be Phoenix. I would have said even in the middle of (last) season or last year that I would have thought I probably would have stayed in Phoenix forever. But it's come to a point now where I'm facing the reality that's not (the case)."

The Toronto Raptors are making a serious push to add Nash; the point guard grew up in British Columbia and represented Canada in international play. John Hollinger has also suggested that the Brooklyn Nets could end up throwing gobs of money at Nash if Deron Williams walks. No team can pay Nash more than Phoenix, but if it's about more than money, or if the Suns decide to begin looking beyond Nash, he could be in a new uniform in October.

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NBA Free Agency: Steve Nash To Be Courted By Toronto Raptors

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.

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.

For more on the Raptors, be sure to visit Raptors HQ.


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.

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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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