Jamison Signs With Lakers
Wednesday , Jul , 25 , 2012 Andrew Flint

Jamison Signs With Lakers

Antawn Jamison signs with the Los Angeles Lakers.

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Now this is a great building block.

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NBA Free Agency Begins At 12:00 Tonight
Sunday , Jul , 01 , 2012 Paul Eide

NBA Free Agency Begins At 12:00 Tonight

Tonight at the stroke of midnight EST, the free agent feeding frenzy will begin.

HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Some long running questions about some big names and their destination for next season will finally be answered.

- Where will Steve Nash finally end up?

For two years we've been hearing Nash's name in about every conceivable trade scenario; and nothing ever happened. The Suns drafting of Kendall Marshall this week says a lot about how interested the organization is in bringing Nash back. Also, their supposed interest in Eric Gordon is another nail in the coffin that was Nash's time in Phoenix

- Where will Deron WIlliams go?

No matter where he ends up, will he finally play for a title contender? Mired in both Utah and New Jersey in his career, D WIll has been one of the NBA's most productive PG's. But can he lead a winner? Or will he forever be a great individual talent on bad teams?

- Ray Allen to the Heat?

The most the Heat can offer is a midlevel exception; three years 9.7 million. After the Heat's amazing performance from beyond the arc in the Finals imagine adding the NBA's all time three point shooting leader into the Knicks. It will be really interesting to see what other teams enter into the mix for his services.

- Apparently, Brandon Roy's knee is fine

Strangely, he may be the most sought after of all available unrestricted free agents. After being regarded as an "also ran" for two years, there are at least five teams vying for his services. If we are to believe the chatter, the Pacers are willing to do just about anything to get him.

- Will we finally see the flurry of trades we were promised pre-draft?

As team's negotiate a way to sign players that can't afford, inevitably some trades will happen. Will the Lakers FINALLY deal Gasol? Will Houston finally deal Luis Scola?

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Bulls Going After Nash & Kidd
Monday , Jun , 04 , 2012 Andrew Flint

Bulls Going After Nash & Kidd

The Chicago Bulls are making moves to try and acquire either Steve Nash or Jason Kidd this summer. HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Not a bad move since Rose won't be around. Sources are now reporting that the Chicago Bulls are making inquiries to the Suns and Mavs looking to acquire either Steve Nash or Jason Kidd. This indicates that Rose will almost definitely miss all of next year, but it also indicates the Bulls are confident that if they acquire a solid point guard they can still make a run at a championship in 2013. Read More
Steve Nash has ‘No Clue’ if he’ll stay in Phoenix
Friday , Apr , 27 , 2012 Christopher Sells

Steve Nash has ‘No Clue’ if he’ll stay in Phoenix

On the chances of him staying in Phoenix: "Honestly, I have no clue. I couldn’t predict. I don’t know what the future holds at this point. And I’m actually OK with that. I think now’s the time to maybe get some distance from it and try to find a clear perspective on where I am. Until I do that, I couldn’t put a number on it or take a guess on what the chances are on whether I’ll be back or not." Link HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: This is the end of the line for Steve Nash and the Phoenix Suns. Although fit and productive, Nash is in his late thirties and the window to win a championship is quickly closing. In fact, that window is shut if he re-ups with the Suns -as Robert Sarver’s club is starting to rebuild. So expect the two-time MVP and first ballot Hall of Fame table-setter to head elsewhere for the Mid Level Exception in July when he hits free agency. A few possibilities:
  • The Miami Heat could use a veteran point guard; however, Nash would, at times, have to play off the ball if he wanted to successfully partner with LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
  • Mike D’Antoni, the architect of Seven Seconds or Less, is gone, but the New York Knicks could use help even if Jeremy Lin makes a full recovery and re-signs in 2013.
  • The Raptors need some sort of shtick to sell tickets and keep fans interested. Nash, a patriotic Canadian, could be open to heading north of the border despite Toronto being thousands of miles from his home of Victoria, British Columbia.
There’s an argument that Nash will re-sign with the Suns because his three children live with his ex-wife in Phoenix, Arizona. Of course, family matters. But Nash is, and always has been, highly competitive. His drive took him from being an unheralded Canadian prospect to one of the faces of the NBA. And his drive will force him to leave Phoenix and most likely sign with a competitive squad next season. Got thoughts? Well, get at HoopsVibe News in the comment box below.
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Monday , Apr , 02 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Knicks to give Jeremy Lin Mid Level Exception this summer?

But that’s not what I’m talking about, I am talking about next season — Lin could leave the Knicks. He could. But he won’t. The Knicks will overpay to keep him. However, Lin will have some options (we like to call that leverage) and those will put more money in his pocket. And every dollar he gets will make it harder for the Knicks to make upgrades this offseason.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Jeremy Lin is finished for the year with a knee injury. Is his career finished with the New York Knicks?

Well, not exactly.

According to cap experts, the most an NBA team can offer Lin is $5 million. The Knicks, who have cap issues, can keep the Taiwanese table-setter but only by tendering him their full Mid Level Exception.

Of course, Lin probably isn’t a $5 million per annum player. At least his play on-court isn’t worth $5 million bucks.

It's very different off-court -as Lin sells memorabilia and, because of his background and Cinderella story, puts MSG’s favourite team in the global spotlight.

This is too much for any club to pass up. The Knicks have to sign Lin; however, giving him the full Mid Level Exception would make it virtually impossible to ink, say, Steve Nash.

Nash is also a free agent this July. He has a home in New York. And the future member of the Hall of Fame would be able to keep both Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire happy with regular touches.

So keeping Lin could prove costly.

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Saturday , Mar , 31 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Nash to Heat for Mid Level Exception?

When asked by Patrick about possibly linking with LeBron, Nash said he’d definitely listen if the Heat came-a-courtin’.Surely he’s aware they’re capsized and luxury-payers for 2012-13.Of course, you’ve got to believe someone who has earned monster money over the course of his career could make do on a mid-exception salary ($5M) for a year or two.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Will Steve Nash become that player?

Will the two-time MVP and future member of the basketball Hall of Fame change his legacy by signing with a loaded contender at a discounted rate this summer?

Will he follow in the footsteps of Gary Payton and Jason Kidd to get his ring as a supporting piece or, in the case of Mitch Richmond, as a bench-warmer?

Well, it’s a possibility according to reports out of New York this week.

It seems the Miami Heat are interested in making Nash their point guard. Here’s the catch: he’ll have to take the Heat’s Mid Level Exception of $5 million, which represents a $6 million pay cut from his current salary of $11 million.

Of course, Nash’s legacy would change if he heads east to South Beach. The lovable, skateboarding, youtube-joking table-setter would be part of the big, bad Heat. He’d be the villain, the enemy.

However, if it’s about winning then this would be best for Nash. After all, he’s 38-years old and can’t keep beating Father Time with his gluten free diet and hippie Canadian ways.

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Saturday , Feb , 25 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Steve Nash: I’m ‘completely open’ to staying or leaving Phoenix

"It's up to the team," Nash said. "I'm happy where I am. I'm not happy with our record. I feel like I made a commitment to the fans and my teammates. But at the same time, I'd understand if the team wanted to make a move, so I'm completely open. To be honest, I just occupy myself with trying to prepare to play and play as well as I can."


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: The Phoenix Suns want to trade Steve Nash. And Steve Nash wants to the Phoenix Suns to trade him.

Sadly, team and player can’t admit as much publicly because they fear a backlash from fans.

Right now, the Suns are struggling. Soon, they’ll begin a long, painful rebuilding process, in part, because owner Robert Sarver lacks the resources to pay top talent.

Under Sarver’s watch the Suns have said goodbye to All-Stars Joe Johnson and Robert Sarver, and traded away first round picks Rudy Fernandez and Rajon Rondo.

The reason: Sarver must watch his pocketbook because the financial meltdown crippled his banking and real estate empire.

Nash is loyal to the city of Phoenix and Suns-nation. He knows asking for a trade would ruin his relationship with the city and fans. So the two-time MVP is saying all the right things.

However, the best thing for all involved is a trade. The Suns would get an asset to begin their inevitable rebuilding process, while Nash, a free agent at season’s end, would perhaps get an opportunity at a championship.

Somebody must blink. Team or player must make the first move to dissolve this partnership.

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Sunday , Feb , 19 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Video: Ricky Rubio drops vintage Jason Williams dime

HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Minnesota rookie Ricky Rubio has a little Steve Nash and 'Pistol' Pete Maravich in his game.

But his behind the back dime is reminiscent of Jason Williams when he was with Sacramento in the late nineties. Check out the video and get at HoopsVibe News with thoughts.

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Sunday , Feb , 19 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Nash won’t ask Suns for a trade?

Amid all the NBA noise, there is conspicuous silence emanating from the Arizona desert. That sound you don’t hear is Steve Nash, not asking for a trade.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: We already knew this.

We already knew Steve Nash wouldn’t compromise his values and ask the Phoenix Suns to deal him to a contender before the trade deadline.

Nash believes such a request would amount to quitting on teammates, coaches, and the organization, so he’ll keep quiet and continue playing for the Suns.

Of course, the team has a say in this, too. Nash is a free agent in July and there’s little chance he signs the last contract of his career with the sad-sack Suns.

The Suns have a choice: let Nash leave for nothing in July or move him for an asset they can rebuild around.

Make no mistake about it, the Suns will have to rebuild. And moving Nash would make the process easier.

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Tuesday , Feb , 14 , 2012 Andrew Flint

Rumor: Nash and Suns considering a trade?

Our position has been the same all along, which is I've told him that he has earned the right to stay with our franchise as long as he wants provided that he believes in what we're doing, and provided that he's all in and wants to do that," Babby told It's that last part that offers the slightest bit of wiggle room. For as much as Nash reveres his intimate relationship with the Suns' fan base, it's not as if he didn't notice the departure of players like forward Amar'e Stoudemire en route to Phoenix's decline from Western Conference finals participant in 2010 to a 40-42 record and playoff-less existence last season. He has an interesting habit in that regard, too, a frequent comment he makes that is his attempt to state the obvious: He needs more help."We're not a very talented group," he said Saturday, in his familiar refrain. Link
HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: It’s time.It’s time for Steve Nash to leave the sad-sack Phoenix Suns and play meaningful basketball in May and June. And it’s time for the Phoenix Suns to convert their veteran asset into some combination of draft picks, young talent, and/or expiring contracts. There’s no guarantee a trade happens, though. Neither side wants to alienate Phoenix fans by pressing the escape button and ruining a long, productive relationship. So Nash and Suns management are currently locked in a silent, covert game of chicken, daring the other side to take the first step and push for a trade. Make no mistake about it, a trade is best for all involved. Even with his gluten-free diet and unconventional training methods, Nash’s career is winding down, while the Suns must being the inevitable process of rebuilding. Player and team must face facts. Moving on is best for Nash and the Suns.
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Chauncey and CP3 vs. Kidd, KJ and Nash
Friday , Feb , 03 , 2012 Paul Eide

Chauncey and CP3 vs. Kidd, KJ and Nash

When the Clippers acquired Chauncey Billups by claiming him off of waivers from the Knicks and then acquired Chris Paul via trade about a week later, they suddenly became as deep at the PG position as any team in the league. The combination of Billups, a five time all-star, NBA champ and Finals MVP with Paul, also a five time all-star and all NBA first team performer, have the Clippers off to their best start in years, currently sitting atop the Pacific Division.

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Thursday , Jan , 19 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: Knicks to sign Steve Nash this summer?

The Knicks just need to look at the other bench tonight to see what their offense is supposed to look like. Nash, who ran D’Antoni’s system to perfection, was averaging an NBA-high 10.1 assists before last night’s 118-97 loss to the Bulls, even though he will turn 38 next month. That’s why The Post has reported the Knicks plan to target Nash (along with Jameer Nelson and Raymond Felton) with this summer’s $5 million mid-level exception.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Nothing new here.

The New York Knicks are reportedly interested in Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash, and will try to sign the sure-fire Hall of Famer this summer when he becomes a free agent. 

After all, the Knicks are coached by Mike D'Antoni, Nash's old coach and mentor. And they need a reliable table-setter to deliver the ball to scorers Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. And Nash lives in New York during the summer, so the transition would be easy.

In fact, the only surprise is the Knicks waiting until summer. Why not pursue Nash now and enhance their chances of playoff run?

Well, the Suns and their two-time MVP are playing chess. Both sides know a parting of the ways is inevitable, but neither wants to make the first move.

Sun fans would never forgive owner Robert Sarver for dealing Nash. And they'd never see Nash in the same light if he requested a trade.

This, however, won't stop the Knicks from pursuing Nash. Not now, and not six months from now if he gets to free agency.

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Saturday , Jan , 07 , 2012 Hoopsvibe

Steve Nash: I made a commitment to Phoneix Suns

"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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Friday , Dec , 09 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Report: Suns to sign Shannon Brown?

Unrestricted free agent and former Los Angeles Lakers guard Shannon Brown will sign a one-year, $3.5 million deal with the Phoenix Suns, sources told ESPN the Magazine's Chris Broussard on Thursday.


HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: Oh, the highlights will be plentiful.

Just imagine: Steve Nash gets the outlet and starts the break; Shannon Brown bolts down court filling the lane; Brown takes the pass in mid-air and crams an alley-oop of epic proportions.

Expect this scenario. Again and again.

Brown signing a one-year deal with the Suns will be a boon for Youtube; hoop heads will scour over his highlight reel jams off Nash dimes.

Entertainment aside, this will do little for the Suns. They need real, tangible changes. And Brown -a nice but hardly spectacular signing – doesn't provide a long-term direction.

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Sunday , Oct , 30 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Rumor: LeBron wants Nash and Crawford in Miami?

1 hour ago: Would love to see @JCrossover in a Heat uni! What you guys say? 1 hour ago: Maybe @SteveNash in a Heat uni! So we can help each other get our 1st ring


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Lockout or not, LeBron James is recruiting.

'The King' recently tweeted that he’d like Jamal Crawford and Steve Nash to sign with the Miami Heat when the labour impasse is solved.

Crawford, a perennial Sixth Man of the Year candidate, would punish opposing defences for double-teaming James and fellow Heat superstars Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.

He’d have the same role as Mike Miller. Except Crawford can create off the dribble and has had better luck staying healthy.

The former Bull, Hawk, and Knick is a free agent. Nash, however, is not.

The two-time MVP still has a year remaining on his contract with the Phoenix Suns, so he’d need spend-thrift owner Robert Sarver to buy him out.

Then there are concerns about Nash’s mediocre defense. His teammates and basketball IQ should make up for his tiny stature, though.

We just need a new collective bargaining agreement to see if James’ tweets become reality.

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Tuesday , Aug , 16 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Is Kobe’s (alleged) Cell Phone Rage Understandable?

A man is claiming he was injured at a local church in an incident involving NBA superstar Kobe Bryant. Sources told 10News Bryant was attending a church service at St. Therese of Carmel in Carmel Valley Sunday and thought someone was taking pictures of him with a cellphone.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: You’re with the family at Church. Or anywhere for that matter. Starbucks. The beach. The mall. Chuck-E-Cheese. Whatever.

All you hear is one sound: click. Again and again. There’s no escaping it.

Part of being wealthy and/or famous is dealing with annoyances. But constant cell phone pictures would get old awfully fast, so it’s hardly surprising a star - in this case, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers - (allegedly) snapped.

(Bryant reportedly took a man’s phone because he thought he was taking his picture at Church. The Laker great returned the phone after realizing there were no pictures, but the man is claiming Bryant injured his wrist.)

Generally, I have little sympathy for those who earn millions to play a sport. They get paid well, and must put up with certain inconveniences.

That’s the game. Them the breaks.

Cell phone pictures are different. Every cell phone has a camera, which means the general public can, and do, act like the paparazzi. They see a star. They take his or her picture.

This is a natural reaction. However, it would be unnerving and frightening for the person being photographed. There would be no escape and no privacy. Ever.

Steve Nash, a man who is as comfortable and natural in the spotlight as any athlete or movie star, has called cell phone pictures a violation.

And Bryant had issues with two fans baiting him with loaded questions, filming/recording his answers on a cell phone, and then attempting to blackmail him and the organization.

It’s not a surprise an incident occurred. In fact, it’s a surprise something hadn`t happened sooner.

--Oly Sandor.

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Thursday , Jul , 28 , 2011 Hoopsvibe

Steve Nash: ‘I prefer to stay in Phoenix’

As a veteran, Nash said an NBA championship ring was still a strong lure for him, but he said he would not change teams to achieve that goal.

"Every player wants the ring. We were very close to it many times. Changing teams may be a way. But I don't think I will join another team; I prefer to stay in Phoenix. Hopefully, we can go further next season," said Nash.


HoopsVibe’s Very Quick Call: Steve, hope is not a strategy for you or your Phoenix Suns.

While visiting China on behalf of his sponsors, Nash told the assembled media his preference was to close his eyes, cross his fingers, and ’hope’ his Phoenix Suns achieve better results.

Lets be clear: what else can Nash do?

He’s too classy to publicly call out Robert Sarver, the Suns’ thrifty owner who refuses to spend on the necessary talent to contend, let alone win a championship.

He’s too classy to publicly call out GM Lon Babby, who first acquired Hedo Turkoglu and then sent the Turkish swing to Orlando for another underachiever in Vince Carter.

And he’s too classy to publicly call out his teammates, who seem a little too interested in taking shots at each other via the media.

Right now, Nash can only grin and bear the Suns. Of course, he can hope. Sadly, this is what the future Hall of Fame point guard has been reduced to.

--Oly Sandor.

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