Each week, we’ll ask our stable of scribes to weigh in on the five most important NBA topics of the day — and then give you a chance to step on the scale, too, in the comments below.
Say you’re the Suns. What would it take for you to trade Steve Nash?
Steve Aschburner: Here’s what it would take for me to trade Steve Nash: A replacement point guard capable of starting immediately and starring within two years. Another proven starter at one of the big positions. A first-round pick, of course, and maybe a couple of seconds. A check for $3 million. Nash’s blessing of both the deal and the destination. And the paperwork all getting signed on the wrong side of midnight, in the throes of a bender that would make “The Hangover” seem like a Disney flick.
Fran Blinebury: Assuming they can’t get back their former first round pick Rajon Rondo, the Suns are starting over by trading Nash. So they should chase the biggest expiring contract possible. Eddy Curry? Tayshaun Prince? Peja Stojakovic , if you can get a third team involved.
Art Garcia: Other than Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Russell Westbrook? Since that’s not going to happen, I don’t know how the Suns trade the face of their franchise and save face with a fan base that’s watched many of its favorites split town in recent years. Captain Canada is 36 and has only one year left on his contract after this season. Let him continue to mentor Goran Dragic, while working the line of succession. Now if Nash asks out, take the best deal out there.
Scott Howard-Cooper: A lot. I’m not of the camp that believes the Suns should do Nash a favor by getting him to a championship contender. The Suns need to look out for themselves. They need bigs. And they need to see if they can force someone to take Hedo Turkoglu as part of getting Nash.
Shaun Powell: If another team offers any combo of a young big man or young point guard, plus a quality backup, I’d send Nash and throw in some hairclippers. He turns 37 this spring, for goodness sake. His value won’t get any higher. Why wait?
John Schuhmann: I’d look for the same type of package that most teams look for when they’re ready do deal a star: A solid young player, a couple of draft picks, and cap relief. Right now, my building blocks are Dragic, [Jared] Dudley and [Robin] Lopez, so in the young player, I might look for a scorer on the perimeter or an athletic big man.
Sekou Smith: The Heat dancers (all of them) kicking down the door to my office with “Will Dance For Nash” t-shirts on might make me think about. I said think about it. This Suns team has a fighting chance to compete for a top four spot in the Western Conference playoff race (it’s WIDE OPEN). They have no reason to panic and do something crazy with one of the most beloved players in franchise history, a guy that’s the face of the franchise. Trade Nash? Why?