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08:14 AM ET 07.04 | Interest in Steve Nash appears to have stretched from sea to shining sea. While the Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks have made strong pushes for free agent guard Steve Nash, the Los Angeles Lakers have, quietly, entered the fray for the 38-year-old guard and are making a strong bid to acquire him, according to a league source. The Lakers, with a payroll already projected in excess of $83 million next season, would only be able to offer Nash an exception starting at $3.09 million for next season. It's unlikely Nash would take that, so a sign-and-trade deal would be a more realistic possibility. The Lakers do have a viable starting point guard they could send Phoenix in such a deal, Ramon Sessions, who became an unrestricted free agent after surprisingly opting out of the last year of his contract.

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July 4, 2012  08:45 AM ET

Come to L.A. Nash, we have a dry heat.

July 4, 2012  08:47 AM ET

Bynum desperately needs this to happen. Taking the ball out of Kobe's hands and placing it and the decision making into Nash's will allow him to thrive.

July 4, 2012  08:52 AM ET
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Bynum desperately needs this to happen. Taking the ball out of Kobe's hands and placing it and the decision making into Nash's will allow him to thrive.

Child please, the Black Mamba will still have the ball more than ever. His window is closing fast, therefore, he will be taking over games more than ever.

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July 4, 2012  08:55 AM ET
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Come to L.A. Nash, we have a dry heat.

I don't know about these Lakers. One minute they get younger by replacing Fisher for Sessions. Next they are going after 39 year old Nash. What's the deal LA? With Nash at 40 and Kobe at 35 jokes on them will be 'they still alive' - haha!

What they need to do is get real and try to trade Kobe for Howard and get a three way trade that will ship Bynum out and get them OJ May and Rudy Gay. Lakers need to retool quickly. They're getting too damn old. Nash and Kobe just won't work - besides being too old they both like to dominate the ball as well. It's like Melo and Stat - it just don't work fellas....

July 4, 2012  08:56 AM ET
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Child please, the Black Mamba will still have the ball more than ever. His window is closing fast, therefore, he will be taking over games more than ever.

All you Lakers/Kobe haters. Please state the name of the team your alegence go to when making your remarks so we can consider the source!

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July 4, 2012  09:02 AM ET
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All you Lakers/Kobe haters. Please state the name of the team your alegence go to when making your remarks so we can consider the source!

I got posters of the Knicks posted on my balls. When I'm on south beach I tell her... get them boys!

July 4, 2012  09:06 AM ET
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Child please, the Black Mamba will still have the ball more than ever. His window is closing fast, therefore, he will be taking over games more than ever.

No. If the Lakers were fortunate enough to sign Nash, Kobe will touch the ball when Nash deems him to be open. It's not as though Kobe would be unhappy. Playing with a guy who loves to pass is fun. As long as the Lakers win (and they would) Kobe would have no complaints. He''s not going to get number six with the roster as currently constructed. Getting a playmaker like Nash in there could be just the thing.

July 4, 2012  09:08 AM ET
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I don't know about these Lakers. One minute they get younger by replacing Fisher for Sessions. Next they are going after 39 year old Nash. What's the deal LA? With Nash at 40 and Kobe at 35 jokes on them will be 'they still alive' - haha!What they need to do is get real and try to trade Kobe for Howard and get a three way trade that will ship Bynum out and get them OJ May and Rudy Gay. Lakers need to retool quickly. They're getting too damn old. Nash and Kobe just won't work - besides being too old they both like to dominate the ball as well. It's like Melo and Stat - it just don't work fellas....

That's a horrible idea. Besides Kobe is the only NBA player with a no trade clause. The only way the Lakers get rid of him is to amnesty him and if they did that the entire city would riot.

July 4, 2012  09:09 AM ET

I would love to see Nash play along Kobe but I still think the Lakers need to move Bynum. If they could find a way to put a package together with Bynum for Howard they would instantly put themselves into great position for a title run.

July 4, 2012  09:10 AM ET

Anyone who can't play with a pass first point guard who shoots fifty percent from the field is a selfish player. We know Carmello is. Are you saying that Kobe is as well?

July 4, 2012  09:13 AM ET
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I would love to see Nash play along Kobe but I still think the Lakers need to move Bynum. If they could find a way to put a package together with Bynum for Howard they would instantly put themselves into great position for a title run.

There is only one player the Lakers should move Bynum for and that is Howard. THEN only if Howard agrees to an extension. He won't so keep Bynum and get a point guard who can get Drew the ball. Nash fits the bill.

July 4, 2012  09:14 AM ET
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That's a horrible idea. Besides Kobe is the only NBA player with a no trade clause. The only way the Lakers get rid of him is to amnesty him and if they did that the entire city would riot.

Opinions are free so this is just my take. There wasn't no riots when Shaq got the boot. For two straight years Lakers and San Antonio have been eliminated by athleticsm so....

July 4, 2012  09:17 AM ET

Shaq deserved to get the boot. Many blame Kobe not standing up for Shaq. I blame Shaq yelling at the owner to "Pay me!" during an exhibition game.

July 4, 2012  09:21 AM ET

If Lakers fans didn't riot if Kobe were amnestied (which isn't going to happen) I would wonder. I mean they would be paying Kobe sixty million dollars and he would be playing elsewhere. Of all the silly reasons they've torched cars there (like winning an NBA championship) this would at least be somewhat understandable (if random acts of violence/vandalism ever could be justified).

July 4, 2012  09:24 AM ET
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Anyone who can't play with a pass first point guard who shoots fifty percent from the field is a selfish player. We know Carmello is. Are you saying that Kobe is as well?

In the first place it's disrespectful to Kobe to put him in the same class with Melo. Secondly their problems are distinct and unrelated to a point guard.

With Melo the ball basically comes to a standstill when he gets it. All the other nine players freeze and wait for him. It's damning. Kobe on the other hand takes over games in the flow of the offense and wills his teams to win. Six freakin titles.

Simply put Kobe will lay back and let Nash run the show if Nash is passing and scoring and the team is winning. If not he takes over.

Melo on the other hand won't pass the ball and when he stops the ball and takes over game his team loses. Another clear evidence is that Melo's played with Iverson, Andre Miller and Chauncey Billups and still hasn't found a way to be effective with a capable point guard. In short Melo's not just a selfish player - his style kills team work. Kobe on the other hand takes over when team work fails to work... the mamba is an all time great. Y'll talk about him to your grandsons. Melo is just one of the many players that come and go....

July 4, 2012  09:32 AM ET
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In the first place it's disrespectful to Kobe to put him in the same class with Melo.

Kobe on the other hand takes over games in the flow of the offense and wills his teams to win. Six freakin titles.Simply put Kobe will lay back and let Nash run the show if Nash is passing and scoring and the team is winning. If not he takes over.

Melo on the other hand won't pass the ball and when he stops the ball and takes over game his team loses. Another clear evidence is that Melo's played with Iverson, Andre Miller and Chauncey Billups and still hasn't found a way to be effective with a capable point guard. In short Melo's not just a selfish player - his style kills team work.

Obviously, I don't care about disrespecting Kobe. I don't think he should have a problem with playing with Nash but if he does...then I would wonder why.

Six? He doesn't have six. If he wants to get six then he should welcome Nash with open arms and allow Bynum to be the first option.

The fact that Anthony couldn't play with Andre Miller is I agree especially damning. But Iverson and Billups aren't pass first point guards although Iverson could have been were it not for his ego.

 
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