The Los Angeles Lakers shocked everyone on the Fourth Of July by agreeing on a sign and trade deal with Steve Nash. The deal sends the All-Star point guard from the Phoenix Suns to Hollywood. In return, the Suns picked up four draft picks. First round picks in 2013 and 2015 plus second round picks in 2013 and 2014 are the exact details.
This move certainly shocked people as many thought Nash was headed to the New York Knicks. This move shows that the Lakers are in win now mode and they boast one of the best starting lineups in the entire league. Nash/Bryant/MWP/Gasol/Bynum can go to war with just about anyone.
There are some red flags. 3 years and 27 million is kind of pricy for a 38 year old. The Lakers bench is already pretty bad and they now don’t have a lot of money to fix the bench. There is no certainty that Nash remains healthy. There have been some back issues in the past and it seems like the Suns training staff did a great job of keeping him healthy. The issues the Lakers have had with Bynum and his knee should raise questions.
I like this move from LA because it shows they want to get at least one more title in the era of Kobe. If they do not make the Finals this coming season, expect more moves out of the team. Pau Gasol would likely be the man shipped out if the team is unable to reach their goal.
This article was contributed by Riley Schmitt.