Rumor: Suns, Nash have agreed on sign-and-trade
The two-time NBA MVP is less than a month away from hitting the free agent market, and nobody knows if he'll end his playing days in Phoenix or if he'll pursue his first championship ring with another team.
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.
Word has is Nash and the Suns have agreed that if Nash is leaving Phoenix that the franchise would help facilitate a sign and trade deal to insure Steve gets the maximum dollars for his services and the Suns get something in return for him. Meaning all bets are off on where Nash lands, as cap space and exception money won't be a huge factor.
The Suns have made it clear they would do a multi-year deal for Nash in the $10 million per year range to insure Nash stays in Phoenix.
Suns president of basketball operations Lon Babby has said on numerous occasions that the Phoenix front office and Nash's people will be on the same page regardless of where the future Hall-of-Famer chooses to play.
"No matter what happens, we'll be in partnership with him through this process and we need to find a common ground - - a ground that works for him and works for us, and if we can do that, I think it will become obvious pretty quickly," Babby told Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 620 last month.
While many Suns fans would be upset if Nash opted to explore other opportunities, the possibility of a sign-and-trade deal would soften the blow, allowing the Suns to get something in return for one of the most popular players in franchise history.
There has been no shortage of teams popping up in rumors about Nash's future NBA address -- Portland, Miami, New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Orlando to name a few. A future sign-and-trade deal orchestrated by the Suns would expand that list of potential suitors even more.
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