HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Is Josh Childress next? What about Steve Nash?
No player is safe in the cut-cost world of Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver. Sarver, who was never the most generous of owners, has had his real estate and banking empire decimated by the economic recession.
Every player is expendable -especially those with long-term and expensive contracts.
Expect the Suns to shop Childress. Since returning from Europe, the Stanford alum hasn’t distinguished himself as a regular contributor off Alvin Gentry’s bench. Then he got injured and will miss several weeks.
Team and player are disappointed. Fair enough. However, the season is barely two months old and cutting ties would seem premature.
After all, Childress is versatile, smart, and talented. Given time, he’d figure things out and become a valuable reserve and spot starter –even for a team loaded on the wing like the Suns.
Money matters for Sarver and the Suns. In fact, the bottom line is everything. So they’re looking to get Childress’ multi-year deal for mid level money off their books.
The sooner, the better.
Moving Nash would be trickier. He’s revered in Phoenix. His contract is reasonable. Trading the two-time MVP would signal to fans that Sarver has thrown in the towel.
However, Father Time will eventually catch Kid Canada. It has to. And he may not want to waste his time with a team that has zero interest in winning.
So the Suns and Nash may part. And like everything with Sarver, money will be the root of the problem.
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