The New York Knicks have been linked to unrestricted free agent point guard Steve Nash almost the entire 2012 season. With the Knicks in need of a backup point guard badly, the temptation to pursue Nash will be great, but in order to do so, it will have to be via a sign-and-trade deal with the Phoenix Suns, which appears to be an option.
ESPN’s Marc Stein reported that the Toronto Raptors and the Knicks are Nash’s top two favorites, but I still view the Knicks as an extreme long shot for Nash.
In ESPN sitdown Nash said he’s eager to meet Mavs if they miss out on D-Will. But sources say TOR & NYK are his top two (no order) for now
— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 1, 2012
First off, the Raptors have been reported to have a big offer ready for Nash that will exceed $12 million per year. The Knicks simply can’t come close to that.
If Nash were to sacrifice money for a chance to win, it wouldn’t be a whole lot of money and the Knicks would have to give up two or three players to create the cap space.
Yahoo Sports Adrian Wojnarowski has reported that the Suns have expressed interest in Landry Fields as part of a sign-and-trade, but ultimately it would take more than Fields in a deal to bring Nash to the Big Apple.
Phoenix has expressed interest with Landry Fields as part of possible sign-and-trade package with New York for Steve Nash, sources tell Y!
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 1, 2012
The New York Post’s Marc Berman has reported that the Knicks have had talks with the Suns about Nash.
I wouldn’t mind seeing Nash finish his career in a Knicks uniform, but it depends at what costs.
Realistically, depending on Nash’s salary requirements, it would take two, maybe three of a group that includes Fields, Steve Novak, Iman Shumpert and Toney Douglas to get Nash in a Knicks uniform.
Even then, the Raptors could offer Nash more money, but the main issue could be the fact that the roster would be depleted.
Depth is one thing the Knicks have going for them right now and I don’t feel sacrificing that depth for a couple years of Nash is worth it. You also have to figure into the equation that if the Knicks make this move, that’s about it for the offseason.
They can add a couple veteran’s minimum players, but it’s not as if they could replace the depth they would be giving up. parting ways with Fields and Douglas could be a possibility that wouldn’t kill the Knicks, but you also have to consider the fact that the Suns wouldn’t want any part of that offer.
The free agency period is just beginning and there will be almost daily talks regarding Nash to the Knicks, but tread with caution.
Be careful what you wish for. You just might get it and the cost could be very high.