As expected, Nash will be looking for the type of deal which will allow him to finish out his career in one place, and get a nice pay day to boot.
According to reports, Nash will be most likely to play for a team that offers him a three-year deal, which, in turn, would keep him on the professional hardwood well past his 40th birthday.
The question is, which team(s) will be willing to pay what Nash will command and take this type of calculated risk?
Steve Nash isn’t your typical late-career NBA superstar who will be on the hunt for a big payday before they ride off into the sunset purely for its own sake. If the Suns are able to offer Nash the opportunity to play at 41, he may just stay put. This opportunity will need to come with some serious roster upgrades however.
If other teams can step up and make a similar offer– and show they are earnest about making a championship run, and have the tools to do so– that team could, and likely will, win Nash’s services in a heartbeat.
I had the opportunity to listen to Nash on the Jim Rome Show recently and his comments echoed just this. He hasn’t put Phoenix in the rear-view just yet, but the right offer could make that happen.
In an era where salary-cap flexibility is of the utmost importance, however, it may be more difficult for Nash to find a team which will place a three-year deal on the table. Most teams will only want to offer a two-year deal, which has become the status quo over the past few seasons for mobile free agents.
Cost control demands it.
Solid NBA point guards aren’t a dime-a-dozen though, and there’s certain to be teams interested in securing Nash’s services when free agency kicks off this summer.
The real intrigue lies in who these teams end up being.
More articles on Steve Nash’s impending free agency:
Steve Nash Looking to Sign 3-Year Deal This Summer: http://bit.ly/I10YDf
Steve Nash Keeping Options Open: http://es.pn/GYIoJ7
Steve Nash Says “Anything Is Possible” in Free Agency: http://bit.ly/Hf64Jn