ESPN NBA analyst Ric Bucher told NBA Today Podcast host Ryen Russillo Monday afternoon that Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash’s name is swirling around the trade rumor mill.
In fact, when Russillo asked for some potential names been mentioned in trade rumors other than Carmelo Anthony, Bucher answered emphatically: “Steve Nash. Steve Nash probably is No. 1.”
Here’s what Bucher said about the Nash rumors:
“I personally feel like I may have overestimated where they are, my belief in Nash to take any spare parts and make it work. I may have overestimated that.
They just don’t have what they had previously and the feeling is that you’re going to have a distinct two camps (in the Western Conference), the haves and the have-nots. Depending on where Phoenix is and in which camp, they may say ‘you know what we need to go in a different direction.’ If you’re going to move Steve Nash, you have to move him now rather than late to get something out of him.
It’s tricky because again we’re talking about a business decision and Steve Nash is a great draw in Phoenix and he’d be a great draw anywhere.”
Trading Nash, who is scheduled to make $22 million over the next two seasons, would mean basically mailing it for the season and moving away from the Nash era and toward the Goran Dragic and Robin Lopez era.
It’s hard to say if this rumor actually has any legs, as we knew Nash rumors would come up at some point. But to hear that from a source like Bucher this early in the season says a lot about how realistic of an option dealing Nash truly is.