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Report: Portland trying hard to trade for Steve Nash

Add the Portland Trail Blazers to the mix of teams
supposedly looking to trade for Suns point guard Steve

According to’s Marc Stein, a source close to
the situation told him Portland “has been interested in
Nash for a while.”

Stein notes the Blazers as an interesting trade partner
because they, unlike many of the other rumored teams,
actually have assets that may interest the Suns. That is,
of course, if Portland is willing to part with some of its
better players.

Yet even if the Blazers were willing to include the widely
coveted Nicolas Batum in a package for Nash — which is a
matter of debate depending on who’s doing the gossiping —
sources say Phoenix continues to put out the message that
it won’t deal Nash unless Nash asks to be traded. Which is
something Nash has consistently said he won’t do.

The trade deadline is March 15, so teams still have time
to come up with offers, just like the Suns still have time
to reject them.

Then again, maybe some team will come up with an offer
that makes the Suns pull the trigger on a deal.

We have a couple weeks left to find out.