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  • 05/17/2012, 07:19PM ET

Where Will Steve Nash Play Next Season?

Mr Monopoly Man (4-6-0) vs 7#bag _ Com (998-338-74)
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Steve Nash isn't getting any younger, and he clearly wants to win an NBA title before he retires. Nash has never been one to be concerned with only money, instead being driven to win. As such, my choice of where he will play next season is the Miami Heat.

Miami needs a solid PG to buoy their team, and Nash would absolutely provide that. He knows how talented the Big Three are, and knows he would fill a position of need. Nash has even admitted he would listen to the Heat if they came calling.

There haven't been many rumored destinations for Nash, with many believing he will return to Phoenix. Most teams who need a PG seem more likely to pursue Williams. However, Miami doesn't have the cap space to chase one of the bigger named PGs. If they can talk Nash into taking the minimum, they'd be stupid not for doing so.

Nash wants to win. There's absolutely different levels in pay depending on where he would go, but there's also different levels of talent. Few teams are as talented as Miami, and none have such a glaring need.

Nash wants to win, Miami needs a PG. Nash hasn't denied interest despite knowing what he'd give up. Miami will land Nash in my opinion.


Nash will not goto Miami.

LeBron and Wade dominate the ball, and like to dominate the flow of the game, sometimes to the detriment of the team, Nash is not effective without the Ball, so he would not only slow the game down, he would damage the games of the big 2.

Nash is a liability on defense, and Wade is an average help defender, meaning quick PGs such as Parker, Rondo, Rose and Westbrook are STILL going to give the Heat problems on the perimeter

The Heat need to spend what little cash they have on size.

And you can ask both the Heat and Knicks about "They're All-Stars they will figure it out" mentality.

Nash will goto the Dallas Mavericks, most likely to backup Deron Wiliiams.

He's Dirks Buddy, loves the city, and won't be expected to throw up a 20/10 every night. Plus with Jason Kidd, the Mavs are used to covering for a PG on defense


Dallas is the lead option for Deron Williams, so why would Nash go somewhere to sit on the bench when that team isn't even a real title threat? Dallas is rebuilding. They aren't as talented as many other teams, and adding Williams and Nash to ride the bench wouldn't put them over the top.

Not to mention Dallas can and most likely will retain their old aging PG to be a backup in Jason Kidd. It makes more sense then trying to grab both Nash and Williams.

Nash might be getting older, but he still averaged 12.5 PPG and 10.7 APG (good for second in the league). On the Suns. I don't care who you are, but if you think his value is going down or that he can't still play...you should think otherwise.

The Heat see this. They would love a player to handle the ball and facilitate it to their three superstars. Nash has no problem passing, and is STILL one of the best in the league. Miami was also one of the best defensive teams in the league, giving up the 4th fewest points per game. Nash might be lax at defending, but the Heat are talented enough to pick up the slack.

A player who wants to win. A team who needs a PG, and can handle the negatives. Nash goes to Miami.


Nash is going to come cheaper than you think, and with no Howard to chase, Dallas will have a HUGE amount of cap space to refill the team.

Dallas cap is going to drop THIRTY-FOUR million this offseason, just on expiring contracts alone.

Jason Kidd is retiring, and Deron fits the mold that Dallas is going to use for its next title run.

Nash is putting up great numbers, true, but he's putting them up on a BAD team, take Nash off that team, and thats a King-level team in the west.

Plus Deron has averaged 35 Mins a game over his career, Dallas can easily clip that to 28-30 mins a game, allowing Nash to run the team for 15-20 minutes a game.


Dallas Depth Chart

C - Heywood
PF - Dirk
SF - Marion
SG - Jones
PG - Deron - Nash - Beaubois

And thats it. Adding the two points, and you still have 7 roster spots and about 18M to spend. Plenty to add to a veteran team with title hopes.

Next Miami's cap is going to be 78M next season, only dropping 2M, and if Turiaf uses his option, 1.2 of that is GONE.

Who else can Miami add?

With Turiaf, that TWELVE Roster Spots spoken for.

May 18, 2012  03:05 AM ET

I think Nash's value is being overstated in the sense that he'll go to a team and make them a contender. For one, he's in his late 30's and secondly, he's been playing for the same team for years and is very comfortable as the focus.
Those two points together means any transition will not be easy. He may go to either team but I don't see him being a difference maker.

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May 19, 2012  06:07 PM ET

Nash to the Bucks!

May 19, 2012  06:36 PM ET

Nash to Miami seems like an attractive quick-fix final piece for everyone involved at first...but so did Malone and Payton to the Lakers.
I think the Raptors (mainly for marketing purposes) or the Knicks are also interesting options.
Platooning in Dallas makes great sense too. Leaning right but I'll wait for final args to vote.

May 19, 2012  11:09 PM ET

David is right on most aspects for this TD. Easy vote right.

May 20, 2012  07:04 PM ET

I think Nash might take less money to go to a team with a great shot at winning a championship, but i don't think he takes less money and goes somewhere to be the backup pg.

I don't think he really solves the problems in Miami either.

May 20, 2012  08:33 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

I think Nash might take less money to go to a team with a great shot at winning a championship, but i don't think he takes less money and goes somewhere to be the backup pg.I don't think he really solves the problems in Miami either.

More of a liability when you don't have speed to defend.

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June 4, 2012  04:47 PM ET

Chicago

June 5, 2012  01:45 AM ET

Nash won't go to either one of these teams because neither will want him. Both are defense first teams where he wouldn't fit in. Hate to state the obvious but Nash will probably go to LA or to play wherever D. Howard ends up.

June 5, 2012  09:36 AM ET

I just can't see Nash in Miami. As Yoda said earlier it seems like an attractive quick fix move, and those have failed before.

I'm not sure I can see him in Dallas either but with the Heat and Mavs the only alternatives in this TD I have to vote right.

For the record: I see Nash staying in Phoenix. He may want a ring, but he'll take the money and stay where he's comfortable.

June 6, 2012  10:24 AM ET
June 10, 2012  02:04 PM ET

Most of what I've read suggests that Nash will want to do a sign-and-trade with another team and will seek approx 8-10 million per year. Even though Nash isn't greedy, just like anyone else, he would want to receive large sums of money since he is still worth it to many teams and he deserves it relative to other players. He also is classy enough to help the Suns out if he's going to leave.

It's hard thinking of where he makes sense, but I'm wondering if the Knicks would be willing to throw in Jeremy Linn in a sign and trade. I think the Knicks kind of make sense, but not if Jeremy Linn is there and he probably has a lot of value for some teams.

June 10, 2012  02:05 PM ET
QUOTE(#18):

Most of what I've read suggests that Nash will want to do a sign-and-trade with another team and will seek approx 8-10 million per year. Even though Nash isn't greedy, just like anyone else, he would want to receive large sums of money since he is still worth it to many teams and he deserves it relative to other players. He also is classy enough to help the Suns out if he's going to leave. It's hard thinking of where he makes sense, but I'm wondering if the Knicks would be willing to throw in Jeremy Linn in a sign and trade. I think the Knicks kind of make sense, but not if Jeremy Linn is there and he probably has a lot of value for some teams.

*I didn't type it, but I assume there would be more than just Linn, but also a draft pick or two and maybe a throw in player or two

 
June 10, 2012  02:36 PM ET
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I think Nash's value is being overstated in the sense that he'll go to a team and make them a contender. For one, he's in his late 30's and secondly, he's been playing for the same team for years and is very comfortable as the focus. Those two points together means any transition will not be easy. He may go to either team but I don't see him being a difference maker.

What?

He nearly single handedly got the Suns into the play-offs, you put him on a contender...... it's a scary thought.

NEW YORK, DUH. Nash reunited with Amare, with Carmelo and 3 point shooters all over.

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