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Suns Exploring Trade Options?

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Phoenix Suns center Marcin Gortat is in the second to last year of his contract, but that hasn’t stopped the big man from making his way into the trade deadline crosshairs this season.

Gortat’s name has surfaced in a report from Paul Coro of The Arizona Republic regarding the Suns and Oklahoma City Thunder. The rumored deal would have the Suns sending Gortat and P.J. Tucker to the Thunder for Kendrick Perkins, Jeremy Lamb and a first round draft pick.

Coro came back later and clarified his earlier report, via Twitter:

But Gortat’s name keeps coming up for a reason. Plenty of teams would be interested in a productive big man, with a reasonable contract (one more year at $7.72 million), who can play in any system and play any style.

Toss in the $6.4 million in salary cap room the Suns can work with, and there’s a reason they’ve been mentioned as potential trade deadline players, even as perhaps the third team in a three-team deal.

A Fresh Start For Suns, Nash?

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — We’re raising the question because no one else wants to, because no one else wants to say what needs to be said.

And let’s be real, it’s the two-ton elephant in the room with nearly every other star’s name on the trade rumor radar these days. But is it time for the Phoenix Suns to swallow hard and do what’s right by Steve Nash and trade the All-Star point guard?

We’ve read over and over again about Nash refusing to ask for a trade, refusing to play the game that so many others have late in their careers when it becomes clear that their championship-chasing window is closing and they are stuck in a now-or-never predicament.

Nash is a class act and no one can take that away from the two-time MVP whose play this season belies his 38 years on the planet.

“It’s up to the team,” Nash told The Arizona Republic during last Friday’s media availability session in Orlando for All-Star weekend. “I’m happy where I am. I’m not happy with our record. I feel like I made a commitment to the fans and my teammates. But at the same time, I’d understand if the team wanted to make a move, so I’m completely open. To be honest, I just occupy myself with trying to prepare to play and play as well as I can.”

I don’t know what it looks like from where you are, but from here it seems like a felony crime against basketball for Nash to go another season without sniffing the playoffs, without a chance to at least see what he could do at this stage of his career with a championship in his sights.