Nine teams interested in trading for Steve Nash

Mar 30, 2011, 7:44 PM | Updated: 8:54 pm

The Phoenix Suns front office may refer to Steve Nash as ‘the sun, the moon and the stars’ of the organization but that doesn’t mean a re-aligning of the heavens can’t take place this offseason.

According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, there are at least nine different NBA teams interested in Nash and willing to make a decent offer for him.

” Lots of teams interested,” Ford told fans during a chat. “New York, Dallas, Portland, Orlando, Atlanta, Charlotte, Toronto, Houston, Utah … there’s a pretty big market for him.”

Ford went on to say that the Suns can expect to get a young player and a draft pick in return from many of the teams but that not all of them have the assets to make it work.

It’s not clear whether Lon Babby and the front office has any intention of actually dealing the two-time MVP but the market for him sounds significant at this point.

While Nash’s performance hasn’t dropped off much over the last few years, it’s only logical that the day is coming soon. Babby admitted the Suns need to get ‘younger and more athletic’ and the fastest way to do that is by dealing the one asset they have at their disposal.

Nash’s contract is up at the end of the 2011-12 season and if the team doesn’t plan on extending that deal they might as well start the rebuilding process and get something in return for him.

That is if they learned anything from the entire Amar’e Stoudemire situation.

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