Steve Nash has assuaged concerns about his durability by playing in 75, 76, 79 and 81 games in his four seasons with the Suns. And the two-time MVP, who turns 35 in February, isn't about to slow down in the near future, as the East Valley Tribune reports:
Nash, who has an all-but-guaranteed team option for next season, said he knows he wants to play two more seasons beyond that contract -- which would take him through the 2011-12 season and his 38th birthday -- and he might play longer if he still feels healthy and passionate about the game.
"I know I want to play four more years. That's my goal, to sign another two-year contract. After that, I'll evaluate where I am and how I feel," Nash said. "I know I feel great right now and I think I have a lot left."
Nash said the Suns haven't come to him to talk about any contract extension, which is understandable since they haven't officially exercised the option for next season. But $7.5 million of the $13.125 million he is due is already guaranteed whether he plays or not, so barring any serious injury, that figures to be a slam dunk.
Nash said his preference would be to continue and even complete his career in Phoenix. "My number one priority would be to stay here, but I'll think more about that when the time comes."
• Suns notebook: Nash not planning on retiring soon (East Valley Tribune)