Last night, it was learned that Steve Nash will be sign-and-traded to the Los Angeles Lakers for two first round picks (2013,2014), two second round picks (2013,2015), as well as $3 million. The move comes on the heels of several rumors sending Nash to New York.
The biggest free agent prize has finally made up his mind and dominos are starting to fall all over the NBA free agency landscape. As the new cross-town rival Brooklyn Nets continued their makeover by re-signing their star point guard Deron Williams to a five-year deal worth $100 million, the Knicks continue to wait on the other star point guard in free agency, Steve Nash. However, a clever move by his Canadian suitors may move things along quicker.
The first day of true free agency since 2010 did not disappoint. A number of players have already come to verbal agreements with their current clubs (Gerald Wallace with the Nets and Andre Miller with the Nuggets), while others have received offers from new clubs (Rockets offer Omer Asik three year deal worth $25 million and Trailblazers offer Roy Hibbert four year deal worth $58 million). Meanwhile here in New York City, it was all about point guards.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, the Phoenix Suns are interested in a sign-and-trade with the New York Knicks, centered on Landy Fields. Of course, the deal would send Steve Nash to New York.
On Sunday afternoon, both the Knicks and Raptors sat down with Steve Nash. It has been reported that the Raptors offered Nash a three year deal worth $36 million, but other reports say the numbers are exaggerated. While the Knicks don’t have nearly enough cap room to compete with the Raptors’ offers, they can get Nash a decent salary if they get him in a sign-and-trade, rather than sign him outright in free agency.
Earlier we highlighted the top 10 restricted free agents in the NBA this summer. Here are our top 10 unrestricted players.
1. Deron Williams, PG, Brooklyn Nets: The star of this summer’s free agency. One of the league’s top five point guards. William’s situation is simple: He will either resign with the Nets or go play in his hometown of Dallas with the Mavs.
The New York Knicks have three very talented finishers in Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire and Tyson Chandler. In order to make them their best, a point guard is needed, in order to facilitate the offense. Yes, Jeremy Lin will be re-signing with the team, but he can’t play 48 minutes a game.