With the NBA Playoffs in full swing, and the Phoenix Suns on the outside looking in, the Steve Nash watch is on.
The two-time MVP will hit the free agent market this summer, so and there's a lot of speculation on where Nash will play during the final years of his career.
Doug & Wolf have launched the 'Stalking Steve Nash' segment to keep their listeners updated on the whereabouts of Mr. Nash, and we'll follow suit here on ArizonaSports.com.
Tuesday, July 3
Steve Nash a no-lose proposition for Raptors (Toronto Globe and Mail)
If the Raptors can't entice Steve Nash to come play for them in his twilight years by overpaying both in terms of money and length of contract, what's the point of having an NBA franchise in Toronto?
You see Atlanta making all kinds of trades and Brooklyn making deals and Utah getting in on the action and Portland signs a guy to a lucrative offer sheet and a lot of teams are entertaining a lot of free agents both high profile and low and I know you're thinking:
What the heck is going on here in Toronto?
Monday, July 2
Acquiring Steve Nash presents an age-old NBA question (Wall Street Journal)
If the Knicks want to sign free-agent point guard Steve Nash, it looks like they're going to have to make a multiyear commitment. But 38-year-old guards rarely have one good year left, never mind multiple years.
Sources say Phoenix has not yet made an offer to Steve Nash.
Report: Suns offer Steve Nash $12 million over two years (ArizonaSports.com)
Arizona Sports' Paul Calvisi reports the Suns have offered Steve Nash two years and $12 million.
Knick join dash for Steve Nash (Bergen Record)
Though the Knicks can't offer Nash the NBA title expectations that some can and they can't match the salary figures reportedly thrown at him by Toronto, who also met with him and offered up a three-year deal worth between $30 million and $36 million, they did what they could do — showed him their sincere interest.
A Raptors source confirmed that Toronto offered the two- time MVP a three-year, $36 million deal, though a source close to Nash called that figure "premature." While offers can't be signed until July 11, it's clear that Toronto is all-in trying to make the 38-year-old point guard the face of its franchise.
Sunday, July 1
Steve Nash reportedly meets with Brooklyn Nets (SB Nation)
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.
Knicks meet with free agent point guard Steve Nash (New York Daily News)
The Knicks can only offer Nash a contract starting at $3 million annually unless they can engage the Phoenix Suns in a sign-and-trade. It's unlikely since the Suns seem more inclined to use the money freed up by Nash leaving to pursue other free agents. Phoenix president Lon Babby has set up meetings this week in Los Angeles with point guards Raymond Felton and Goran Dragic as well as shooting guard Eric Gordon.
Friday, June 29
Raptors plan to send 'contingent' to woo Steve Nash (Arizona Sports)
ESPN's Marc Stein reports the Toronto Raptors "want to park no less than a five-deep contingent in Manhattan to woo Steve Nash as soon as allowed."
Tuesday, June 26
Steve Nash talks about pending free agency (Arizona Sports)
Are we getting closer to the end of the Steve Nash era in the Valley? That remains to be seen, but we do know that in six days several other NBA teams will allowed to court Phoenix's favorite Sun. The league's free agency period will start next Sunday at 9:00 p.m. PST, and Nash's phone will begin ringing shortly after that time.
Steve Nash wouldn't mind playing with Jeremy Lin (USA Today)
It sounds like a company line, but my situation really right now is I'm open to everything. And I will definitely look at every situation that comes my way on Sunday, and I'm not going to close myself to any opportunities," the Suns guard told ESPN NewYork 98.7 on Monday in an extensive radio interview.
Sunday, June 24
Three teams are thought to be seriously vying for Steve Nash -- the Suns, Raptors and Nets. The Knicks and Trail Blazers have also been mentioned as options, but both have since fallen off the radar. The rumor mill will be working overtime this week, with the draft on June 28 and free agency beginning July 1.
Report: Bulls not on Nash's short list (CSN Chicago)
A report from Sportsnet in Canada says that 38-year-old Nash has a list of three teams that he is considering playing for and the Bulls are not one of them.
Nash speculation gaining steam, but little clarity (Fox Sports Arizona)
The fluid and meandering stream of Steve Nash speculation rolled through some interesting ports of alleged interest in recent days.
It began with Nash's seemingly polite confirmation that he'd listen if the New York Knicks showed interest when the 38-year-old point guard hustles into free agency next month — a Knicks insider confirmed that the speculated interest in Nash remains legitimate. A couple of days later, the NBA ruled that two key Knicks — including point guard Jeremy Lin — would be granted early Bird rights, making it easier for New York to retain its surprise phenom and still use the mid-level exception ($5 million) to woo Nash.
Saturday, June 23
Sportsnet 590 The Fan's Eric Smith (via Sportsnet.ca) said on his radio show Friday in Toronto that he has been told that free-agent point guard Steve Nash has narrowed his list of possible teams for next season to three.
Steve Nash: I'm considering everything at the moment. I would love to win a Championship, yes, but I'm not one of those people who believe I must win one to have a fulfilling career, so other factors, such as salary, family, playing time, and opportunity for team success all factor in.
The Miami Heat may only be a day removed from winning the NBA championship, but the front office has already set to work identifying free agents to bolster their title defense.
Friday, June 22
Five burning questions facing OKC (ESPN Insider)
Should the Thunder go after free agent Steve Nash? Now this would be special, wouldn't it? Can you imagine the league-wide terror of trying to stop the pairing of Nash and the league's top scorer in the halfcourt? Or how about Nash, Durant and Westbrook in the open court? Since the Thunder are capped out, that's just a pipedream, right?
Thursday, June 21
Steve Nash isn't coming to the Knicks, people (New York Magazine)
Any time any athlete who doesn't play for a team in the New York City area ever shows up at some sort of promotional or charitable event in town, some reporter asks them if they'd like to play in the city someday. Because any athlete hired for promotional or charitable work is not a drooling idiot, they say, "Yeah, sure!" The alternative, after all, would be "This cesspool? What, are you effing crazy? You people are morons for living here.
It's Nash-ville in New York (Wall Street Journal)
It's a warm-weather tradition, like Central Park Shakespeare or the Mister Softee truck's unmistakable tintinnabulation: the Steve Nash summer in New York. By Nash's own estimate, he's been doing it for 10 off-seasons now, keeping a low profile on sidewalks and subway platforms and growing to appreciate those long, humid days in which the light lingers, streets clear and a hectic city feels like a smaller, gentler town.
Knicks likely not high on Steve Nash list (Inside Hoops)
One confidant of Steve Nash doubts the star point guard will truly give the Knicks any consideration even if they have their $5 millon mid-level exception, despite his remarks at a promotional appearance with Walt Frazier yesterday.
Monday, June 11
Steve Nash to the Portland Trail Blazers . . . Would it Work? (Yahoo! Contributor Network)
Now imagine Nash throwing passes out there for Aldridge on pick-and-pop plays, or hitting a streaking Nicolas Batum (assuming he's re-signed) on slashes to the hoop. And imagine, after the disaster that was Raymond Felton's season in Portland, having a point guard who's consistent night in and night out and is also a scoring threat. It could definitely work.
Wednesday, June 6
Chat with Chad Ford (ESPN.com)
I agree that the Raptors are looking to move the pick. They've been trying to package it with another young player like Ed Davis and a vet (Bargnani or Calderon). I think they want a big time player on the wing so that they can lure Steve Nash this summer. The guy most people in the league believe they are after via trade is Rudy Gay. If they stay at 8, they want a player who can get to the basket. Thus ... Waiters at 8.
Speaking of the free agency period, Steve Nash to Portland may not be an option with Olshey at the helm. He's not interesting in bringing in veterans for momentary success.
"I want to make it clear, we're not looking for quick fixes," Olshey said. "We're not looking for aging veterans that can slide us into the eighth spot and we're right back here a year from now trying to figure out what to do."
Tuesday, June 5
Tough decisions loom after draft (ESPN Chicago)
Plenty of fans and media have speculated that the Bulls would go after veteran point guards like Steve Nash and Jason Kidd, but that seems highly unlikely given the Bulls' relative lack of cap space and desire to stay close to the tax threshold. The only way Nash or Kidd could play in Chicago is if they would be willing to take a massive pay cut and at this point that also appears extremely unlikely.
Rumor: Suns, Nash have agreed on sign-and- trade (ArizonaSports.com)
Hoopsworld.com is reporting that if Nash does decide to leave the Suns after eight seasons, that he and the organization have agreed that the Suns would sign Nash to a contract and then deal him to another team. Yes, the old sign-and-trade.
Monday, June 4
Suitors lining up to pursue Steve Nash (ArizonaSports.com)
The clock is ticking, and with every second that passes, the beginning of the NBA free agency period gets closer. And for Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns, that could very well mean the end of a magical eight-year run during which the point guard won two Most Valuable Player Awards, the Suns won over 63% of their games and advanced to the conference finals three times.
Friday, June 1
The eight-time All-Star will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, and he says he'll sign with a team that has a legitimate shot at the title. He won't lack for suitors. NBA orthodoxy says there is nothing more valuable than a big man, but today, especially in the postseason, where possessions are everything, point guards have never been more valuable. And each time James stood in the corner without touching the ball, or the talented but undisciplined Hawks took a shot in the fourth quarter better attempted in the first, or 76ers guard Lou Williams heaved a three as a first option in a one-possession game, Nash grew in value.
Friday, May 25
Does Steve Nash have any interest in playing for the Knicks? (Pro Basketball Talk)
The problem for the Knicks getting Nash starts with money — they don't have any. They have a mid-level exception but they will need to use that to keep Jeremy Lin (unless the Knicks luck out and the union wins in arbitration). After that, all the Knicks could offer is the veteran minimum. (Which is why the Knicks will not land Lamar Odom either, well that and they already have Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire who can play the four.)
Friday, May 18
Steve Nash can be weaver of Canada's hoop dreams (Edmonton Journal)
Nash and Barrett have assumed control of a program which, owing to a remarkable pool of young talent, is fairly pregnant with potential. The Canadian team which attempts to qualify for Rio could have on its roster: Tristan Thompson, the fourth overall pick by Cleveland in last summer's NBA draft; Cory Joseph, San Antonio Spurs first- rounder from 2011; Andrew Nicholson and Kris Joseph, who could go in the first round of this summer's draft; North Van's Robert Sacre, who could go in the second round; Myck Kabongo, a projected first-rounder in 2013; and prep star Andrew Wiggins, widely regarded as the top NCAA recruit in the class of 2014.
Wednesday, May 16
If Nash leaves, Suns need shooters (ESPN.com Insider)
However, if Nash chooses to leave Phoenix this summer in order to play for a contender, the last vestige of that prolific scoring team will be gone. Sure, there still would be some talent remaining, even enough at one particular spot to allow the Suns to focus on other positions. But with Nash gone there no longer is any semblance of an identity. What is the plan going forward and how is this new team going to play? Who they draft might shed some light on the answer, or prove that they are still trying to answer that question.
Nash likes to integrate the companies in his portfolio, where OneBode's supplements are available in LiquidNutiriton locations, as well as the 17 Steve Nash Fitness World and Sports Clubs in Canada. His film production company does work for companies in the portfolio in addition to corporate gigs with the likes of EA Sports, Nike, Toyota and VitaminWater. Nash hopes "the sum is greater than the parts" when it comes to his investments.
Monday, May 14
Steve Nash wins Magic Johnson Award for being a good guy (Arizona Sports)
The two-time MVP was named the winner of the Magic Johnson Award, which is given annually to recognize the player who best combines excellence on the court with cooperation with the media and fans.
Contrats! @SteveNash wins Magic Johnson award from Basketball Writers Assoc. for excellence on court and with fans and media.— Tanya Wheeless-Suns (@TWheeless) May 14, 2012
Sunday, May 13
Raptors, Knicks players in Nash sweepstakes (Arizona Sports)
One team that has been oft mentioned as a suitor for Nash has been the Toronto Raptors. The Raptors boast a young squad and have money to spend, which lends credence to the belief that Nash may opt to finish his career in his native Canada.
Saturday, May 12
Steve Nash in Utah? (Part one) Utah Jazz 360
Last night, in ESPN's pre-game coverage prior to the exciting Grizzlies/Clippers game six, Chris Broussard took the opportunity to say that Nash might indeed have interest in joining up with the Utah Jazz (I caught most of this secondhand; if anyone heard him say this, or better yet, can post video of it, that would be stellar).
How realistic a notion this is, I do not know. It could very well be a long-shot. Rumors emerge daily, almost hourly, most with very little validity to them. But if you are like me, I like a good rumor every now and then, especially when it involves our Utah Jazz.
Friday, May 11
Report: Suns 'likely' to offer Nash deal for $20 million (Arizona Sports)
The Phoenix Suns have said all along they would like the former MVP to stay in purple and orange.
Nash himself wants to keep his options open.
Alex Kennedy, an NBA reporter for HoopsWorld.com sent out a tweet that the Suns are "likely" to make Nash an offer for two years worth $20 million.
Thursday, May 10
Isola: Blazers Could Be "Dark Horse" For UFA G Steve Nash (Blazers Edge)
Frank Isola of the New York Daily News writes that the New York Knicks are interested in acquiring Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash, an unrestricted free agent this summer, but that they could have competition for his services from several teams, including the Portland Trail Blazers.
Amar'e Stoudemire issued a public plea to Steve Nash, his former Phoenix Suns teammate who will be a free agent on July 1, to join him in New York. "Everyone knows that Steve loves New York and that New York loves Steve," Stoudemire said. "I love Steve. It would be great to have him here next year." Ideally, the Knicks would have Nash as their starting point guard next season with Jeremy Lin serving as the understudy.
Tuesday, May 8
Steve Nash Named the GM of Canada's National Team (Slam Online)
Steve Nash has found himself a second job. It was announced today that he's the new general manager of Canada's national hoops team. From the FIBA website: "Canada Basketball on Tuesday announced that Nash is to take up the newly-created position of General Manager of the Senior Men's Team, to provide ‘the leadership and inspiration for a program that is blessed with a wealth of emerging talent.'
Nash news nothing but good; and Reggie's still being Reggie (Toronto Star)
If there's one thing Nash has done over the last few months, it's to reach out to the younger wave of Canadian player, the young kids in college, the two yutes in the NBA, and if he speaks, they tend to listen. And if listening means they actually end up playing for the senior team at some point, that's about as good a service as Nash can provide to an organization he gave more than a decade to as a player
Why Dallas Mavericks Should Bring Back Steve Nash (Bleacher Report)
First of all there's the fact that Dirk Nowitzki recently came out and asked for another superstar.
Nash certainly fits that bill, but is also a guy who has a close relationship already with Nowitzki. Taking a run at a championship in the city where the two-time MVP had his first real NBA success back in 2001 would bring Nash's career full circle.
NIELSEN ON NASH: HOMECOMING ON THE HORIZON? (Sportsnet)
On Tuesday, when Steve Nash was asked if he would consider coming home to play in Toronto, he didn't say no.
Speaking at a press conference at the Air Canada Centre where he was introduced as the new general manager of Canada's senior men's national team, Nash was asked, in a roundabout way, whether his new duties with Basketball Canada would be easier to fulfill if he were working at his other job in Toronto next season?