Wednesday , Jul , 14 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Nash signs with Suns

Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) – The Phoenix Suns signed free agent point
guard Steve Nash to a multi-year deal on Wednesday. Published reports have
the contract for five-years and worth $65 million.

The 30-year-old Nash, who began his career in Phoenix, averaged 14.5 points
and a career-high 8.8 assists per contest last season for Dallas.

He was selected by the Suns 15th overall in the 1996 draft and was later
traded to the Mavericks prior to the 1998-99 season for Martin Muursepp, Bubba
Wells, the draft rights to Pat Garrity and a 1999 first-round pick.

The eight-year veteran out of Santa Clara has averaged 12.5 points and six
assists per game during his career. Nash, who is a two-time All-Star, is
expected to provide veteran leadership and a backcourt presence for a
club that already includes frontcourt stars Amare Stoudemire and Shawn
Marion.

Phoenix also signed Los Angeles Clippers restricted free agent Quentin
Richardson to a lucrative offer sheet. The Clippers have 15 days to match the
offer.

DAL PHO