Thursday , Nov , 11 , 2010 Hoopsvibe

Alvin Gentry: Steve Nash is ‘not going to be traded’

Steve Nash takes in the trade talk and returns a measured response, but Suns coach Alvin Gentry isn’t … He stepped in to end Nash’s interview and then he made out trade speculators to be ridiculous. "Steve’s not going to be traded, that I can tell you," Gentry said. "If he’s getting traded, I’m going along with him, OK? Have you looked at the way he’s playing? He’s playing at a real high level. Why would we trade him? I don’t understand that. That’s nothing that’s been discussed here. It’s not going to happen."
 
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Enough was enough –at least for Phoenix Suns Coach Alvin Gentry.

This morning, Gentry emphatically shot down rumors the Suns were trading superstar point guard and franchise face Steve Nash.

According to Gentry, Nash isn’t available. He’s too valuable to the Suns and their ‘Seven Seconds Or Less’ system.

Of course, Gentry has a point. Nash has two years and $22 million left on his contract, so the Suns ultimately control his fate.

However, Nash, a two-time MVP, has leverage. Fans sympathize with him because Phoenix owner Robert Sarver is more concerned with turning a profit than winning a championship.

Fans would understand if he asked for a trade. Sarver would likely accommodate. And Gentry’s opinion, frankly, wouldn’t matter.

–Oly Sandor.

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