"What does that mean?" Nash asks back. "Do I go in and say, 'Trade me to a top two or three team?' I think it's lot more difficult than people think. One, it's not my style. Maybe I'm old school, but I feel like that's not my place to give up on my team, give up on my teammates. I signed a contract and made a commitment.
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Steve Nash, the good soldier.
Nash has given everything to the Phoenix Suns, winning two MVPs and playing like an All-Star for a team that can’t and won’t spend to compete.
In today’s NBA the answer is simple: force a trade.
Nash, however, says he’s from a different era and won’t quit on his current crop of teammates and coaches by asking for a change of scenery.
Fair enough. There’s more to this, though.
Publicly, the matter seems settled, Privately, the situation is evolving. Nash is a free agent at season’s end and won’t re-sign with the sad-sack Suns.
The Suns have a choice: they can let Nash walk in July for nothing or they can trade him, take the short-term hit from fans, and rebuild with an asset or two in hand.
Nash and his agents know this. The future member of the Hall of Fame is playing nice and saying the right things.
One way or another, Nash will get a new team -either through the Suns moving him or as a free agent in six months.
It’s just a matter of exiting the right way, especially when you are the good soldier.
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