I still don't fear Orlando in a 7-game series. Between their dependency on 3's, Vogel's ability to make adjustments, and the way we generally play our game, I just think we come away with the 4 W's we need. Not sure on how many games that will take, but nonetheless.
I'm flabbergasted that anyone would consider Darren Collison and the twenty-somethingth pick in a draft more valuable than Steve Nash.
I just think DC and a 1st. are more valuable then Steve Nash for 25 games.
There's no guarantee that he'd want to stay here as a free angent next year and even if he did it may very likely be his last year. I don't want to give away a young player and a pick for any player under those circumstances when they can be had for nothing this summer.
That's why it needs to be something like this:
DC, first, Pends
Nash & Lopez
3 scenarios for the draft, starting with my favorite first:
1. Pacers trade up for Justice Winslow
2. Take WCS or Stanley Johnson (this is the theory of a player falling); Make trades (Hibbert/West/others) for additional picks - George Lucas and Rakeem Christmas are players I'd love to have with a late first/early 2nd round
3. Trey Lyles
I'm sure my opinion will change many times before the draft though.
I would trade for Nash if this was a "normal" regular season but with the condensed schedule with little practice time available & little chance to rest Nash I would only pull the trigger if I thought he might be around for at least one more season.
I'd love to have Nash next year but the only way I want us doing it now is as a salary dump or after a buyout which the Suns should do for him if he isn't traded by the deadline.
On a side note, Lopez taken 15th. in the 2008 draft, Hibbert taken 17th. in the same draft. Maybe we do owe the Suns one.
I would love to have Nash here, but I see no reason to overpay for him, especially given his age and contract status.
Offer Price, both of our 2012 picks, and cap space. That gives Phoenix three young players and cap space to rebuild with, which is what they'll be doing if they trade Nash.
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Details Phoenix Suns guard @The_Real_Nash turns 38 today. Still leads the NBA by averaging 10 assists per game. #Nashty
I'll disagree just a little. He was an inconsistent player scoring and defensively until the 99-2000 season. I think that's when he had his best season with the Pacers. He hit over 40% behind the 3-point line that season and became less of a sieve on defense. That changed everything.
However, Travis Best would often close games out in the fourth quarter because he was a much better defender and scorer.
I used to say that Mark and Travis equalled one really good point guard.
How do I insert an image from the Internet? I'm in the camp that wants both Kaman AND Nash THIS season. I keep thinking about a bangers-and-mash t-shirt with Chris & Steve's faces embedded. (Okay, so Kaman's not a true banger; work with me!) Maybe Claddagh would be a sponsor?
"I'd run through a brick wall for that man."
- Roy Hibbert on playing for Coach Frank Vogel