NBA Rumors: Steve Nash Won’t Become a Laker, but Could Join the Miami Heat.
There was a rumor that Steve Nash had narrowed his list down to the Dallas Mavericks, Phoenix Suns, and Portland Trail Blazers, but it appears that after the two time MVP becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1 he will keep his options open.
“It sounds like a company line, but my situation really right now is I’m open to everything,” the point guard told Stephen A. Smith Monday, “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.”
There have also been rumors of him going to play in New York, and he wouldn’t’ have a worry of playing with Jeremy Lin.
“I wouldn’t have any fear of the fans maybe having a love affair with Jeremy,” Nash said. “I think it’s great. … That doesn’t really bother me.”
The 16-year veteran added too, that despite New York no longer employing Mike D’Antoni it would still be an option for him.
“Everyone knows I love Mike. We had some good years together,” Nash said. “It would’ve been another factor, but what’s in the past is in the past. When Sunday (July 1) comes around, I’m going to have to look at everything with fresh new eyes and see what’s best for me.”
Nash is expected to have plenty of suitors, including the New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, and Los Angeles Lakers. One of these though might not be a likely landing destination, and, ironically for Nash, (because he is thinking about championships when searching for the right team) it is the team with the most championships, the Los Angeles Lakers.
“The truth is I’m a bit old school. For me, it would be hard to put on a Lakers jersey. That’s just the way it is,” Nash said. “You play against them so many times in the playoffs, and I just use them as an example, and I have the utmost respect for them and their organization.
So would he rather join the Heat and win a title or be on the team that knocks them off? He said previously in the year that he would listen to the Miami Heat if they came calling.
“I kind of have that tendency (to try to beat the best teams), so it is strange, but as a free agent you’re free to go where you want, so I’d have to consider everything regardless of the past or the future.”
The idea of a Steve Nash-led fast break with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade on the wings is both an exciting and terrifying prospect, but it could end up coming to fruition.