During the fourth quarter of last night's regular-season finale in Phoenix, Suns fans chanted "We want Steve!" and were eventually rewarded with a curtain call from Steve Nash. After eight years as a Sun, Nash's future is up in the air, and many pundits don't believe he'll be back in Phoenix next season.
J. Michael Falgoust of USA Today tweeted that Nash "isn't coming back to the Suns," adding that Phoenix needs to rebuild and the veteran point guard wants to join a contender. Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld agreed (via Twitter), noting that Nash was "likely playing his final minutes as a member of the Phoenix Suns."
Nash himself remained noncommital on his future in a Q&A session with Paul Coro of the Arizona Republic. Asked about the odds that he'll remain in Phoenix, the 38-year-old replied, "Honestly, I have no clue. I couldn’t predict. I don’t know what the future holds at this point. And I’m actually OK with that. I think now’s the time to maybe get some distance from it and try to find a clear perspective on where I am. Until I do that, I couldn’t put a number on it or take a guess on what the chances are on whether I’ll be back or not."
While Nash's scoring average fell to 12.5 PPG this season, his lowest mark since 1999/2000, he continues to be efficient as ever. He also dished out 10.7 APG, posted an incredible .532 FG%, and matched his career average with a 20.2 PER. The two-time MVP wants to play for three more years, and given his continued excellence, it wouldn't surprise me at all if one of his suitors was willing to offer the three-year deal he'll be seeking.