Steve Nash is a Laker, what an awful thought; watching him wearing purple and gold is just wrong, not to mention he’s wearing a number other than 13 for the first time during his career. “And 6-3 guard from Santa Clara number 10! Steeeeveeee Nashhhhhhhh!” Yeah that’s what the MC is going to say next season during the Laker’s line-up intro; SO WRONG!
However Nash going to the Lakers is actually a gift in disguise, consider this Suns fans, the Lakers gave the Suns two future first round picks and two future second round picks in exchange for Nash who was most likely going to walk away for absolutely nothing. Yes, we know it’s the Lakers and how good could their draft picks possibly be?
Well, the 2013 first rounder probably won’t be above the 25th pick however the second first rounder comes in 2015. By then, Kobe Bryant is most likely going to retire because his contract ends after the 2013-2014 season, Pau Gasol’s contract also ends after the 2013-2014 season, Steve Nash will be 40 years old and who knows if Dwight Howard will even stay after this season. Aside from those four guys the Lakers really have zero assets as far as rising young players.
Remember post-Shaq era in L.A? The Lakers missed the playoffs with Kobe Bryant and Lamar Odom, finishing 34-48. The Lakers then grabbed the 7th seed the following season after Kobe Bryant pretty much carried the team the entire season averaging 35.4 points per game. So regarding how good the Lakers will be the 2014-2015 season is up in the air as Steve Nash is the only player on the Lakers’ roster right now that’s under contract through the 2014-2015 season.
Steve Nash’s final assist on the floor may be a pass to Jared Dudley for a 16-foot jumper during the Suns final game of the season against the Spurs but mark my words Suns fans his trade to the Lakers was his final assist for the Suns. 4 draft picks talk about an assists.
For the individuals who think that Steve Nash is sellout, keep in mind he could’ve taken a lot more money and walked away for nothing. Whether or not these draft picks turn out to be good players or not is another thing however those picks are now trade baits to acquire young talent, James Harden anyone?
With 6 first round picks coming for the Suns coming in the next 3 seasons it’ll be pivotal the Suns hire some good scouts, or try to steal a couple of San Antonio’s. Keep in mind Suns fans, the guy the Suns just gave 30 million dollars to for 4 years, Goran Dragic was the 45th pick in the 2008 draft. It’s tough to find good talent in the draft no matter how high you pick but with attention to detail, good judgment of a young player’s character, and solid scouting you can find diamonds in the rough every season. Hey! San Antonio seems to do in annually, 2 of their 3 best players were picked 28th(Tony Parker), and 58th(Manu Ginobili).