Updated Jan 9, 2012 - 6:15 pm
Steve Nash has no plans to ask for a trade
He hasn't up to this point, and no matter how bad things may eventually get in the desert, he's not planning on doing so in the future.
In an interview with ESPN.com's Marc Stein, Nash said the idea of moving him to a contender is a lot more difficult than people might think.
"One, it's not my style. Maybe I'm old school, but I feel like that's not my place to give up on my team, give up on my teammates. I signed a contract and made a commitment," he said. "And two, I don't feel it's like choosing a restaurant. It's got to be a situation that works for two teams. And I don't know how simple that is. But before we even get to that part of it, I just feel that I owe it to my teammates to stay committed to them. I feel that I owe it to the fans and the organization to fight."
So, Nash will remain a Phoenix Sun, at least until his contract runs out after this season. His goal, he said in the interview, is to get back in mid-season form as soon as possible, helping the team win as many games as it can.
And while fans may want to see the Suns part with their leader in an effort to hasten the rebuilding process, President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby told Stein there are no plans to do so.
"He's going into the Hall of Fame in a Suns jersey and I think he's earned that," Babby said, rejecting any premise which contradicts the notion that keeping Nash is Phoenix's Plan A, B, C, etc. "And it's not just that he's earned it, it's what we want as an organization. Maybe people say you should do this or do that, but we disagree. I think treating a player of his stature in this way is projecting the right values. As long as he wants to be a Phoenix Sun, he'll be a Phoenix Sun.
Babby went on to say the team has told Nash there are no plans to move him, since they view him as Phoenix Sun now and forever.
That said, Nash told Stein the plan is to play at least a couple more seasons after this one, and with his Suns contract set to expire there is a chance his career won't end with him wearing purple and orange. That concept may push the Suns towards moving their star should they fall out of the playoff race before the March 15 trade deadline. Nash understands this, and said, essentially, that whatever happens will happen.
"I don't know what the organization's plans will be," Nash said of the next two months, "if they'll have a change of heart. We've talked about it. At this point they want me to stay for as long as I want. And I'd like to stay. But you just never know. This is a business that changes every day. They could change their philosophy and I understand that."
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