Nash Chooses The Lakers

According to ESPN:

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.

In return, the Suns get four draft picks — first rounders in 2013 and 2015 and second rounders in 2013 and 2014.

Nash’s agent, Bill Duffy, said the deal was finalized about 6 p.m., PDT

Shump-Shump!

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26 thoughts to “Nash Chooses The Lakers”

  1. hoping for a guard rotation of Lin, Kidd, JR Swish, and Shumpie when he’s healthy.

  2. Kidd is most likely going to BK.

    I would look for a young Undrafted PG. or a young pg like mayo etc. and strengthen up that front court with some bigger bodies.

    Pretty much everyone we wanted is gone, Kidd, Nash, Miller.

    Time to really see what our GM can do

  3. Well, they did say they’ll match Lin, whatever he’s offered…scared about our finances after that. Sign n’ trade for Lowry?

  4. Had warmed up to the idea of Nash, but I like that we keep Shump and that Lin gets the minutes at PG he’ll need to develop and play to his full potential. Only 25 games, but he had some moments of superior play. If we can get Kidd and a quality 2-guard (Ray Allen / Mayo) I think it’ll have been a good off-season. Lakers now have oldest starting backcourt in the NBA. Should be fun to watch though.

    jon abbey:
    hoping for a guard rotation of Lin, Kidd, JR Swish, and Shumpie when he’s healthy.

  5. It would be nice to fill the backup PG slot with a vet minimum guy; hopefully Dallas will lowball Jason Kidd so we can get him on the cheap. If not, perhaps Prigioni is a good way to get bang for buck at that backup PG slot.

    I’d love to see the team try to package that same poo-poo platter to bring in another solid free agent– maybe OJ Mayo?

  6. Doesn’t this also mean that the Knicks will probably have to pay even more for Lin as Lin will now almost certainly get an offer from Toronto that’ll be bigger than Houston’s?

  7. Yes, with Nash off the table, Lin is likely to become a higher priority for the Raptors and others. The Raptors $20mil offer to LIN’s buddy, Fields, was not only a torpedoe of the Nash to Knicks sign and trade, it also puts the Raptors in a stronger position to make a play for Lin! Now, Lin can feel like he’s joining his friend Fields (remember the couch?) rather than just going to a strange new city/team alone.

  8. JK47:
    James Dolan has never heard of Scott Machado, so that’s a non-starter…

    …and Daryl Morey has, which is why Machado has already been signed by Houston (for fuck’s sake!)

  9. I really do hate the Lakers. They got Steve Nash for what’s going to look like nothing when Phoenix picks 4 guys who probably won’t make it in this league.

  10. Once again, Howard Beck deserves credit today. While Woj, Hahn, et al were reporting Nash to Knicks was all but done, Beck maintained the source was bad and that the Knick scenario remained a long shot. (and yet, I’m sure his was the least “re-tweeted” posts of them all… no profit in the truth, I guess)

  11. Are you guys sure that Lin stays with us?? This starts look bad if Lin choose something else then NYK which is posible. But that’s nothing new……….

  12. RastaPappa:
    Are you guys sure that Lin stays with us?? This starts look bad if Lin choose something else then NYK which is posible. But that’s nothing new……….

    Lin has no choice. The Knicks can and almost certainly will match any offer that is made to Lin.

  13. Or is it that way that NYK has no choice. Kidd is staying in Dallas. Who’s left.

  14. Kidd does indeed to be heading to Dallas.

    The only decent options left as backup PG are Ramon Sessions and Kirk Hinrich. Ray Felton is still out there if you like fat guys who can’t shoot. I’m hoping for Pablo Prigioni at the vet minimum, which could be great value.

  15. That’s what i thought. Prigioni can be quite nice. It’s sad that players never say that i’m going to go to Knicks and win the championship. They only want the money and Knicks is willing to pay. This is the bigger problem than we don’t have high quality pg. Maybe we do something wrong.

  16. That slamming sound you hear is the door closing on any hopes this team had to get past the 2nd round of the playoffs with this core.

    I honestly can’t believe that so many Knicks fans could be so delusional as to celebrate missing out on one of the greatest PGs of all time, and moreover one of the vanishingly few players with the ability to un-screw-up the Melo/Amar’e diminishing returns dynamic… all because we kept an injured rookie who shot .400 and are going to commit $30-40 million to a kid with 25 career starts. Yay!!

  17. flossy:
    That slamming sound you hear is the door closing on any hopes this team had to get past the 2nd round of the playoffs with this core.

    I honestly can’t believe that so many Knicks fans could be so delusional as to celebrate missing out on one of the greatest PGs of all time, and moreover one of the vanishingly few players with the ability to un-screw-up the Melo/Amar’e diminishing returns dynamic… all because we kept an injured rookie who shot .400 and are going to commit $30-40 million to a kid with 25 career starts.Yay!!

    Hmm. How many starts did Kyrie Irving have beyond the college level when Cleveland committed $20MM+ to him? 3? (and don’t tell me about how everyone was sure Irving was awesome, because a lot of why Lin was undrafted was directly or indirectly related to NBA teams not believing an Asian kid could play in PG or SG in the NBA). Obviously, nothing is a sure thing when you’re talking about a 23 year old kid who came from nowhere, but c’mon – he had a PER of 20 in almost 1000 minutes. Think about that – that might be more minutes than Kyrie Irving played his last 2 years of high school + his Duke career combined. And just think of the improvement he made from his rookie year to his 2nd year, when by his own admission, he completely changed his diet, trainers, etc. For all those that think players can’t improve past the age of 24, look at David Lee, who added one thing to his game each summer of his first few years. Lin kills in the D-League, which is what a very good to great player SHOULD do. And again – the stats guys love him – Morey and Cuban’s crew.

    And btw, WE didn’t keep an injured rookie — that choice was made for us. That said, I am really looking forward to Shumptastic the rest of his career. Even if he turns into no more than Tony Allen with a better jump shot, that’s still a great player.

  18. Another thing about Lin’s future trajectory – I don’t know anything specific about Harvard’s coaching staff, but I highly doubt that they have the resources or possibly even teaching skill of the top programs in the country. Now that Lin is in the big-time, as it were, he will have access to the best shooting coaches, trainers, etc. According to something I read (can’t remember where), he has 4 different trainers this offseason working on various parts of his game. The kid is taking this very seriously, and I wouldn’t bet against him.

    Strange offseason. It really looks like Morey is going to strike out completely other than this Asik move, and I’m not sure that Asik is cumulatively a better player than Dalembert. At what point does ownership say that his legacy is to produce borderline lottery/playoff teams year after year, which is the worst thing to produce?

    And re: Toronto – I am not sure that Colangelo has another poison pill contract to throw out there. I’d be surprised if he isn’t either fired or put under a much tighter leash after this Landry Fields thing. I do believe like someone wrote in the previous thread that Nash was probably quite annoyed at Colangelo’s maneuver, and that that probably hurt rather than helped TOR’s cause.

    My big concern is that after this whole Nash fiasco, Grunwald will need to do some serious damage control. He already started by probably being the leak that David Aldridge quoted, saying that the Knicks were still not fully ready to commit Shump to a deal.

  19. Sorry – I’m still writing.
    Dragic for 7.5M/year is probably the market for Lin. If Houston wouldn’t give Dragic that amount, I sort of doubt they will give much more than that to Lin. Dragic’s and Lin’s numbers from last year are pretty similar, although Jeremy’s are really better overall.

    http://bkref.com/tiny/CEX7H

    Aaron Brooks is now on the market. Any interest? I’ve said it 50x, but I don’t want any part of Felton (Isola says we’re in the lead for him now – hopefully we lose this race too). And I’d rather sign Prigioni and use our MLE either on a defending/shooting wing or a big man to take some of the pressure off Tyson.

    Re: vet’s minimums, show me:
    – Extra E
    – I like the James White move
    – Wouldn’t mind Anthony Randolph although I don’t think he will ever make the most of his talent.

  20. It looks like the Knicks are huge favorites to land Felton. I like him as a backup, but IMO he’s not a starter. He played well for D’Antoni, but he also had a short term hot streak shooting from the outside. Once he cooled down he was not very productive. He just kept shooting anyway. And we saw how much less productive he is outside of an uptempo style last year in Portland. He was terrible last year. Well, he’s going to get less tempo in NY under Woodson with Melo than he did with D’Antoni and those young Knicks. So he’s a decent backup, but not a game changer for us.

  21. I think Artest will get amnestied. Crazy or not, assuming he gets through waivers, I think it’s a no-brainer to sign him. That will mostly solve our wing defender problem, even if he’s not nearly as quick as he used to be. he’s always wanted to play for the Knicks – hope he doesn’t mind playing as a backup 15 min/game.

  22. Can’t Toronto just walk away from the Landry deal? I thought nothing could be signed until 7/11. The only reason they offered him that ridiculous amount of money was to screw us out of getting Nash, I would think they would gladly back out now.

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