Steve Nash garners growing interest from around the league, including New York Knicks

7/5/12 in NBA   |   BrianMaddock   |   1429 respect

It appears that the last days of free agency are all about the guards this summer. The Deron Williams contact created the biggest ripples in free agency yet this summer after the guard chose to join the Brooklyn Nets instead of going with his home team the Dallas Mavericks. Now all eyes are upon Phoenix Suns free agent Steve Nash and restricted free agent Jeremy Lin.
Steve Nash is one of the few NBA players who has managed to somewhat maintain his game even at the increasing age of 39. The Toronto Raptors, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Lakers, Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks are all interested in Steve Nash. However, the Phoenix Suns are unlikely to go into next season with Steve Nash since the guard previously requested on a number of occasions to be traded.
Until now, the Toronto Raptors were emerging as the front runners in the battle for Steve Nash with a $36 million offer. Reportedly, the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns are planning to top that with a sign-and-trade that will land the two-time MVP with the New York Knicks.
The New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns have been long at work with the sign-and-trade deal, which looked likely to fall apart after the Toronto Raptors tried to hinder their progress by signing guard Landry Fields to a three-year-contract. Reportedly, the New York Knicks had been previously eyeing Landry Fields as a likely asset in the Steve Nash sign-and-trade deal.
As of yet, the Phoenix Suns and New York Knicks have not arrived at a deal, but sources claim the former team has been seeking New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert, who is at the cornerstone of this sign-and-trade deal for Steve Nash. The Phoenix Suns have been watching Iman Shumpert since last season, when they foresaw Steve Nash’s parting with the franchise.
If the sign-and-trade deal pulls through without any obstacles, then Steve Nash will receive a three-year contract worth $25-$30 million with the New York Knicks. In return, the Phoenix Suns will get Iman Shumpert as well as three to four assets such as Josh Harrellson, Jerome Jordan and Toney Douglas; contracts that will not weigh heavy on the team’s cap space.
However, the ESPN reported that the New York Knicks are not willing to part with their coveted guard Iman Shumpert, even though they still strongly desire Steve Nash. Thus, the New York Knicks have found a way around this predicament by searching for a third team to facilitate the trade, which will likely give the New York Knicks new assets to play by.
Meanwhile, other teams apart from the Toronto Raptors also harbor serious interest in Steve Nash. The Los Angeles Lakers are making strong demands for Steve Nash but the Phoenix Suns are unlikely to deal him to them owing to close competition in the division.
The Dallas Mavericks are also highly interested in Steve Nash after they lost Derone Williams to Brooklyn Nets and free agent Jason Terry overlooked their offer to join the Boston Celtics.
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