Steve Nash Still Taking “Wait and See” Approach

For a player as good as Nash, as old as Nash, and stuck in a situation as bad as Nash's, one would think he'd be dying to get out of Phoenix.

Yet, he's not.

He's remained patient with the Suns this long, and looks to continue to do so, and likely weigh his options after this season.

At 38, one would think Nash would seek to "ring chase," but the reality of the matter is that he just doesn't seem to be that kind of guy. He realizes that if the bus passed on a championship, he'll just join the long list of great ones who never won a title, and that's not the worst thing that can happen to a pro athlete.

"There's a lot of factors involved…I don't know what's going to happen this summer…how the free agent market will play out for myself, as a free agent, or for the Suns garnering free agents…I'm just concentrating on trying to make the Playoffs right now, and when summer comes, we'll re-evaluate," Nash said in an interview with NBA.com.

Those factors Nash speaks of are pretty much impossible to determine at this point, nor do we know what kind of money Nash will command on the open market. A lot of teams in win-now mode are going to desire Nash; and there will likely be a bidding war.

The important thing to remember is that though Nash is aged now, he is leading the league in assists, and much like John Stockton, should be productive until the day he retires. While I'm not suggesting any team is going to sign him for the max five years allowed under the new Collective Bargaining Agreement, a two year deal is likely, and a three year deal, possible.

The salary cap is expected to be cut back, though, and that will make it tougher for Nash to command max dollars, with teams afraid to enter the dreaded luxury tax. Also, the Suns may seek to re-sign Nash before losing him, to work a sign & trade in attempt to land a nice piece to aid their rebuilding efforts.

Source: NBA.com Interview

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Updated Monday, Mar 12, 2012