With the lockout mess behind us, it is now time to look forward to the regular season which is about a month out from getting started. Before that though, teams will be looking to make the necessary moves in order to prove their individual team heading into the start of the regular season on Christmas Day.
The Suns will be no different with a few names already attached to the team. The news regarding the Suns, however, continues to surround the clouded future of their point guard Steve Nash. With the Suns no longer a title contender, many believe that the Suns could look to deal Nash, who is still looking to look for that elusive first NBA title.
One of the teams that has been attached to Nash has been the Miami Heat. In their first year last season with the Big Three of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, Miami had a disappointing end to their season by losing Game Six of the NBA Finals at the hands of Nash’s former team, the Dallas Mavericks.
Nash’s new possible destination has even been mentioned by James. In a tweet sent out to his followers on Twitter last month, the Heat small forward said “”Maybe @SteveNash in a Heat uni! So we can help each other get our 1st ring.”
Miami is desperate need of a point guard, which was one of their biggest weaknesses last season. Mike Bibby has had a nice career, but is best suited in a backup role at this stage of his career. Mario Chalmers showed signs of being a good player throughout the postseason, but he is too inconsistent.
There are only two problems with Nash going to South Beach. The Heat don’t have any young talent that the Suns would be interested in and they really don’t have the money to afford Nash. Without adding a single player in free agency or through a trade, Miami’s payroll already sits at $65 million heading into this season. It is tough to make a move when those two factors exist.
Los Angeles is a much more realistic spot for the two-time MVP. Just like the Heat, the Lakers don’t have a lot of money to spend either, but they have contracts that they could put into a deal that would offset the money that Nash will make. Lamar Odom, who could start at power forward for the Suns, and a guy like Matt Barnes, who has spent time in Phoenix, could be enough to get a deal done between the two sides.
Mentioning Miami and Los Angeles as possible destinations for Nash this season though is more than likely a moot point. The front office has made every indication that they plan on keeping Nash not only for this season, but for future seasons in order to keep him in a Suns uniform for the rest of his career.
Trading Nash at this time would be a difficult sell for the front office. It would be tough to trade the franchise right when you are coming off of a lockout that made fans miss more than a month of games. Trading Nash for a basketball perspective would be difficult as well because you more than likely wouldn’t get back adequate enough talent for a man who is still one of the best point guards in the league.
Look for Nash to be back in purple and orange where he belongs once the season gets under way.