Phoenix Suns veteran guard Steve Nash was on the radio Thursday afternoon as a guest on the “Dan Patrick Show” according to “ESPN.com” talking about his plans once he becomes a Free Agent once again at the conclusion of this season. Although the 38-year-old native of Canada will head into season number 17 in the Association next season, he will still be considered a valuable commodity on the Free Agent market as he is averaging 12.9 points, 11.2 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game.
The two-time winner of the NBA MVP Award told Patrick that he would not consider re-signing with the Suns, unless the team brought in a stronger supporting cast for next season. The radio veteran then asked the All-Star guard his thoughts on possibly joining LeBron James in South Beach and signing with the Miami Heat next season. The veteran seemed very intrigued with the prospect.
Nash told Patrick “I would listen. He’s phenomenal. I love what they’re doing there. A lot of people don’t like them because they put all that talent there. But they’re professional, they play hard, they play together. Their coaching staff has done a great job, so I have a tremendous amount of respect for them. I would definitely listen.”
Although salary-cap restrictions would limit the Heat to offering Nash just the mid-level exception if he signs with them; far less than he could command with other teams; money may not be the deciding factor in this equation. Nash has already made more money during his career in the Association than he could spend in three lifetimes; he has also accomplished everything he could as a player on a personal level in the NBA. The one thing he lacks is that NBA Title, which could convince him to accept less money playing for Miami.
Although Heat starter Mario Chalmers has had a good campaign for the club this season, he does not have the talent or the intangibles that Nash, even at his age could bring to the team. It will be interesting to see how this story develops over the summer, especially if Miami fails to win this year’s NBA Finals.