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ESPN Insider says there’s a chance Nash stays

And so the saga continues.

Where will free agent point guard Steve Nash land? As
late
as Monday, it looked like the Toronto Raptors had given
Nash
an offer that could be filed in the “no-brainer” category.
Three
years, around $36 million
— or a higher yearly
salary than
Nash cleared during his prime years in Phoenix.

But ESPN’s Chris Broussard, who appeared on ESPN Radio’s
Mike & Mike
Tuesday morning, says there’s still a
chance
for
Nash to end his career in the Valley of the Sun.

“He may talk with Phoenix (Tuesday),” Broussard said.
“The
Suns would like Steve back at a certain price, really
about
$20 million over two years. If they can’t get him for
that,
they’re willing to move on with younger players.”

One of those younger players, of course, is point guard
Kendall Marshall, whom the Suns picked with the 13th
overall
selection in last week’s NBA Draft.

Broussard’s parameters are in conflict with what Arizona
Sports 620’s Paul Calvisi tweeted Monday
, suggesting
that
the Suns were offering only $12 million on a two-year
deal.

During the days leading up to the start of free agency,
Nash did indicate that money would be an important factor
in where he decides to sign his next contract. Broussard
echoed those sentiments.

“If all things were equal in terms of money, he would like
to go to Phoenix,” he said. “They may not offer him that.
Toronto’s got a three-year deal worth about $34 million on
the table.”

And there’s still a possibility of Nash heading to the Big
Apple to play for the Knicks despite that franchise’s
seemingly steep financial hurdles.

“It would have to be a sign-and-trade with Phoenix so
Steve could get the money that he would want,” Broussard
said. “That’s possible because he does like New York.”


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