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Steve Nash is a Laker

John - Red's Army (@RedsArmy_John) July 4, 2012 Trades 13 Comments

Well then… we didn’t see this coming, did we?

In an unforeseen twist that could thrust the Los Angeles Lakers straight back into title contention, two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash has successfully negotiated a sign-and-trade deal from the Phoenix Suns to the Lakers that will team him up with Kobe Bryant, according to sources with knowledge of the deal.

Sources told ESPN.com that Nash, with the New York Knicks also pressing hard to complete a similar sign-and-trade deal, was swayed to join the Lakers after a determined push from Bryant and because the move keeps him in the title hunt and allows him to stay in close proximity to his three children in Phoenix.

Nash will receive a three-year deal in excess of $25 million, sources said, because the Suns ultimately agreed to sign-and-trade him to the Lakers, who can absorb Nash via the trade exception they created by dealing Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks in December.

The Suns will receive 2013 and 2015 first-round picks and 2013 and 2014 second-round picks from the Lakers, according to the Arizona Republic.

One question I have off the top is… will  Rob Sarver gift wrap Nash before sending him to the Lakers?

The Suns are a joke of a franchise run by one of the worst owners in all of sports.  Rob Sarver’s decisions are always motivated by money and never about winning.  He’s one of the guys that damn near cost us an NBA season with the lockout.

I just wrote about this deal on Crossover Chronicles.  Here’s part of my take:

The move fixes a gaping hole in the Lakers lineup.  They now have a point guard who can find Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol in their comfort zones while also providing space for Kobe Bryant with his shooting.  The Lakers also have a second leader on the team who will have Kobe Bryant’s respect.

There is, though, a risk involved.  Nash is 38 years old.  And while he keeps himself in phenomenal shape and spirit, the human body can only take so much.  There is a risk that Nash’s body and skills will decline.  There is also the matter of matching up against the West’s elite.  Does Nash make a Lakers-Thunder series more even?

The move helps the Lakers a lot.  There’s no doubt about that.  We’ll have to see what they’ve got planned for the rest of the summer, though, because I still don’t think this deal helps them get past Oklahoma City.  Nash is a lot like Kevin Garnett:  Great, a huge key to winning, but not what he used to be.

If the Lakers lose Nash to injury, it would be pretty devastating to their chances.  And at 38, that’s a lot more possible than it was when he was 28.

Still, the Lakers made a move that keeps them in “contender” status.  They’re holding on just like the Celtics are:  By banking on aging stars and experience with a few younger guys, including one young star capable of great things.  I guess this is how it should be.   The NBA’s old guards, its two most successful franchises, matching styles and fighting to keep that championship window open just enough to maybe face each other one more time before each team is completely made over.

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  • hebertofnh

    Russ Westbrook has preemptively been charged with Steve Nash’s death, which will take place in the 2nd round of the WC playoffs.

  • RedsLoveChild

    Signing ancient free agents only create headlines…but never lead to championships.

    Nash will be 39 in Feb!

    This resembles when LA signed Payton {35} and Malone {40} in 2003. Those signings led to nothing.

    The real concern is LA positioning itself for a D-Howard trade.

  • Quest

    Wow wouldn’t that be something, 2013 Finals Lakers Old Guard vs Celtics Old Guard. It would be 2013 or never as age creeps in and they get relegated to being role players on the floor and the vet experience in the locker room to the younger guys. Pretty exciting thought actually.

  • Shane

    I love Steve Nash, but this signing does not increase the Lakers’ chances of winning even the West next year. Steve Nash, in his prime, wouldn’t have been able to cover Russell Westbrook. With him now pushing 40, that glaring defensive weakness just became that much more obvious. Great move by the Lakers picking up one of the all-time greats, but not enough to push them over the hump.

  • dwayne wade

    the Cs, Lakers and Spurs should create their own league “NBA Sr” where all the Senior Citizens battle it out for the title. lmfao!

  • Jake

    Shane I’m not quite sure how you can claim this doesn’t INCREASE the chances of LA making it out of the west next year. The lakers are just as good without Nash as they are with him?

  • I bleed green in L.A.

    those 4 picks are worth 25mil? They didn’t have to use their 8.9mil trade exemption on this?

    • I bleed green in L.A.

      Oh, I guess they used the trade exemtion for his salary.

  • dombili

    God. I’m gonna have a terrible head ache with all this “Kupchak is great, how the hell did he pull this off?” talks.

  • Astarot

    As much as I don’t like them I gotta say it might be significant reinforcment for LA.. Lakers didn’t have real playmaker last season and even though he’ll turn 39 next year… well just take a look on his stats from the last year. Like Rondo he can still make people on the court better.

  • kricky

    Analysis here is spot on. Lakers get better, but won’t get over the hump in the West. Nash can’t guard Westrbrooke or any of the other quick and athletic PGs anymore.

    • MJ

      Anymore? Nash could NEVER guard quick or athletic point guards.

  • Nick

    I think you guys are way off here.. Nash’s defense is just flat out abysmal. Westbrook, Dragic, Paul, Parker, Curry, Conley… All the quick point guards out west are just gonna own this guy, and Pau has faded badly defensivley so protecting the rim behind him isn’t as easy as it could have been for L.A 2 or 3 years ago.