It would be great to have Nash on this team and maybe have some of his professionalism and attitude rub off on Dwight... ESPN
Marc Stein: Isn't it time to finally ask for a trade? Don't you want one more shot at a ring before you retire? How much more of this can you take?
Steve Nash: "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."And two, I don't feel it's like choosing a restaurant. It's got to be a situation that works for two teams. And I don't know how simple that is. But before we even get to that part of it, I just feel that I owe it to my teammates to stay committed to them. I feel that I owe it to the fans and the organization to fight."
NASH + DUDLEY -for- NELSON + REDICK + ORTON + HARPER
• Jameer Nelson – (11/12) $7,800,000 (12/13) $7,800,000 PO
• JJ Redick – (11/12) $6,750,000 (12/13) $6,190,000 TO
• Justin Harper – (11/12) $473,604
• Daniel Orton – (11/12) $1,105,560 (12/13) $1,182,600 TO (13/14) $2,134,593 TO
Orlando Magic outgoing salary: $16,128,604
• Steve Nash: (11/12) $11,689,062 *Expiring
• J Dudley (11/12) $4,250,000 (12/13) $4,250,000 (13/14) $4,250,000 (14/15) $4,250,000 (15/16) $4,250,000 PO
Phoenix Suns outgoing salary: $15,939,062
• Reasoning Orlando Magic:
It gives Orlando a one year shot at a top level point guard to pair with Howard without sacrificing its future. While Nash is aging and only a short term fix – he is still playing at a very high rate. The addition of Dudley gives the Magic a solid defensive/3pt shooter that can play both SG/SF. Hedo and Nash have not played well together but the Magic’s roster allows Hedo to be the primary ball handler while Nash rests for 18-20 mpg.
Nash / Dudley / Hedo / Anderson / Dwight
+ Duhon / J Rich / Davis (and situational role players: Q, Clarke, Wafer)
• Reasoning Phoenix Suns:
Phoenix gives Steve Nash a shot at a deep run in the playoffs while getting a relatively inexpensive but quality veteran leadership at point guard. In addition Nelson and Redick have experience playing with two of their starters (Gortat and Hill). While Dudley is a key part of their current roster, his long term deal becomes burdensome once Nash is gone as the Suns will be in full rebuild mode. Orton and Harper gives them two young inexpensive prospects. Nelson (PO) and Redick (TO) have short two year option contracts with good salary amounts that makes them very tradeable as a basketball move or as an expiring contract, specially next summer.
Nelson / JJ / Hil / Frye / Gortat
+ S Telfair / S Brown / J Childress / H Warick / R Lopez