Nash is open to his future in the NBA market
Set to become an unrestricted free agent July 1, Steve Nash announces he’s keeping his selections open. Basketball Betting
“It sounds rather like a company line, but my scenario actually right now is I’m open to almost everything,” the Phoenix Suns point guard declared on Monday, “and I will definitely consider every scenario that comes my way, and I’m not going to close myself to any opportunities.”
Nash is anticipated to have lots of suitors, including the N.Y Knicks. The 16-year vet has voiced attention in playing in New York and wouldn’t be against playing with Jeremy Lin or for Coach Mike Woodson
“I wouldn’t have any fear of the followers perhaps having a love affair with Jeremy,” Nash declared. “I think it’s great… That doesn’t actually bother me.”
Nash prospered in ex-Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni’s high octane run-and-gun offense.
“Everybody knows I love Mike. We had some good years together,” Nash announced. “It would have been another factor, but what’s during the past is during the past. When Sunday (July 1) comes around, I’m going to have to take a look at all with fresh new eyes and see what’s best for me.”
The New York Knicks are still waiting to find out how much income cap space they must add a player like Nash. An arbitrator ruled that Lin and Steve Novak should be granted Bird rights, enabling the Knicks to go over the cap to sign them. But the NBA has appealed.
The Knicks are just one of one or two teams likely to have any interest in Nash. The Miami Heat, L.A Lakers and Mavericks are also chances, as are the Brooklyn Nets if they are unable to re-sign Deron Williams. And Nash didn’t disqualify staying in Phoenix.
Nash is 38, so his career is winding down. He wants to win a championship but also wants to be compensated as well.
Nash claimed he worries about the probability of taking less money to play for a team he suspects is a contender, just for one of its top players to get hurt — or worse, for him to be traded.
“I need to be really cautious and make a sound selection,” Nash expounded.
Nash, who averaged 12.5 points and 10.7 assists for the Suns last season, still considers himself an elite point guard in the NBA and feels he will play 3 more seasons at a high level.
So would he rather join the Miami Heat and win a title or be on the team that knocks them off?
“The truth is I’m a little old school. For me, it might be tough to put on a Lakers jersey. That’s just the way that it is,” Nash claimed. “You play against them so often in the playoffs, and I just use them as an example, and I have the highest respect for them and their franchise.
“I kind of have that tendency (to try and beat the best teams), so it is unusual, but as a free agent you’re free to go where you want, so I would have to think about everything irrespective of the past or the future.”