Just hours ago it was all a rumor. Steve Nash had received reported interest from the Los Angeles Lakers to make him the team's next point guard. And now, that reported interest has turned into a sign and trade that will send Steve Nash to the Los Angeles Lakers with a surprise three-year/$25 million deal. Of course, the deal can't be done until July 11, but the two sides have reached an agreement. In exchange for Nash the Lakers gave up 2013 and 2015 first-round picks and 2013 and 2014 second-round picks.
The addition of Nash to the Lakers is exciting and will give Los Angeles a legitimate, veteran presence at the point guard position - similar to what Derek Fisher meant to the team. (Except Nash is a much better passer and has a better ability to drive the lane.)
Here are just a few of the reasons why I absolutely love the Steve Nash move:
Pick and Roll
I said it in the rumor article about Steve Nash and I'll say it again here. Nash is the dream point guard to run the pick and roll with - especially when running it with an adept passing big man like Pau Gasol. This duo is going to tear up the NBA with their ability to run the high pick and roll. With Nash's ability to drive the lane and score, combined with Gasol's ability to pass will make for a deadly combination. I can't wait to see what dynamic this will add to a Lakers' offense that will be in its second year removed from the triangle offense.
Along with the ability to drive the lane off of the pick and roll comes Nash's ability to finish in the lane and at the rim. Sure he can shoot a jump shot, but he is most impressive with his floaters while coming down the lane. Last season Nash had his lowest scoring output since 1999-2000, but if he can bounce back to around 14 or 15 points per game plus his usual 11 assists, then he will be everything the Lakers expect.
Along with his talent comes the natural way he will alleviate pressure from Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum. Nash will make each and every one of these players better, just as they will certainly make him better. The symbiotic relationship this team will have come next season will be well worth the draft picks the Lakers surrendered in order to acquire Nash.
This will be the first time in a long time that the Lakers have had a legitimate point guard and the team will look to reap the benefits. And this has all come to fruition despite Mitch Kupchak saying he believed that the Lakers could compete without any major changes this offseason. (You sly dog, you.)
Food for thought: Now that Nash is a member of the Lakers, on a scale of one to five (one being horrible, five being awesome) how would you rate the move the Lakers just made taking everything into consideration? Is Nash the answer the Lakers have been long searching for at point guard?
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ESPN.com. Sources: Steve Nash to Lakers. NBA 2012.
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