Written by: Matthew Blunk
It's a match made in...the Bizarro World.
Chris Broussard and Marc Stein of ESPN.com are reporting that the Toronto Raptors have offered point guard Steve Nash a 3-year, $36 million contract. Ostensibly, it's a fully-guaranteed accord, and perhaps a sign that Nash really could care less about winning a championship in the NBA.
The two-time league MVP has apparently accepted that the Phoenix Suns, the team he has played a decade for (though not consecutively), won't be an option for him. The New York Knicks, Dallas Mavericks, and Miami Heat have shown interest in Nash's crafty services, but the offer from Toronto may be too formidable.
Nash playing for the only NBA team in his native country of Canada would certainly bring a massive wave of euphoria to Toronto. But what does it mean to Nash? Just two seasons ago, he was part of a Suns team that took the eventual-champion Los Angeles Lakers to six games in the Western Conference Finals. Now he wants to play for the Raptors? It's enough to raise an eyebrow or two.
From an optimistic perspective, the Raptors would be a much better basketball team with Nash. He'd almost single-handedly legitimize Toronto's offense. There's actually some talent there, ranging from the young high-flyer DeMar DeRozan, to the deceptively-skilled Andrea Bargnani, to rookie no. 1 pick from 2011, Jonas Valanciunas. Bargnani and Valanciunas better work on their pick-and-roll games, as playing with Nash will open up a whole new world of possibility for the two big men.
Still, a glorious reunion with Dirk Nowitzki in Dallas or forming a "Big Four" in Miami sounds so much sexier.
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