Knicks Emerge As Frontrunners For Steve Nash

5:15pm: NBA.com's David Aldridge tweets that Nash has yet to make a final decision on where he wants to play. He adds that the Suns are waiting on the Hornets' decision on matching Eric Gordon's offer sheet before engaging in sign-and-trade talks.

2:25pm: The Mavericks and Raptors haven't conceded yet, and remain in discussions for Nash, tweets ESPN.com's Marc Stein.

12:35pm: The Lakers were also exploring a sign-and-trade deal for Nash, but their efforts so far have been blocked by the Suns' brass, who have no desire to send Nash to a division rival, tweets ESPN.com's Marc Stein.

12:07pm: The Knicks have emerged as the frontrunners for Nash, tweets Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports. According to Wojnarowski (via Twitter), the Knicks and Suns are in the "critical stages" of negotiating a sign-and-trade deal that would pay Nash $27-30MM for three years.

ESPN.com's Marc Stein tweets that the Knicks would prefer not to include Shumpert and are looking to include a third team to join the deal to avoid including him. However, they'll include Shumpert if they have to, a source tells Stein (Twitter link).

11:46am: While the Knicks and Suns haven't reached any agreement, the Knicks are offering a package headlined by Iman Shumpert, according to ESPN.com's Marc Stein.

11:32am: Berman now tweets that the Knicks and Suns are still working on a sign-and-trade deal, and that "nothing is done" at this point.

11:03am: Berman has since deleted his tweet, so it's unclear if his report stands. We'll keep you posted on the latest developments.

10:48am: The Knicks are "closing in" on a sign-and-trade deal to acquire Steve Nash from the Suns, tweets Marc Berman of the New York Post. In order to pay Nash a competitive salary and make a sign-and-trade palatable for the Suns, the Knicks will likely have to include Iman Shumpert and a handful of players on expiring contracts, including Toney Douglas, Jerome Jordan, Josh Harrellson, and Dan Gadzuric.

The Raptors, Mavericks, Lakers, and Suns are among the other teams in the running for Nash. Toronto appeared to deal a death blow to the Knicks' chances of a sign-and-trade for the veteran point guard when they agreed to sign Landry Fields to an offer sheet worth about $19MM. Fields had been viewed as the most likely candidate to be included in a sign-and-trade deal to the Suns.

Previous reports have suggested that if the Knicks do part with Shumpert in a sign-and-trade for Nash, it will likely be James Dolan's decision, as most members of the team's front office are reluctant to part with the young guard.

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PiratesFan
3 years 11 months ago

I really hope the Knicks don’t do this.

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TommyGMorris
3 years 11 months ago

AAAAAAHHHHH NOT SHUMPERT!!!!!!!! Nash is GREAT, but anyone but Shumpert…….

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hardcoreforhardcore
3 years 11 months ago

I really don’t want to lose Shumpert.

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Tired_OF_FakeRumors
3 years 11 months ago

If the Knicks do this trade their rivalry with the nets is going to be NASTY next season.

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jwsox
3 years 11 months ago

This could be a solid deal for the suns. Finally a step in the right direction of rebuilding if they get shumpert. Plus dwade will love not having to be guarded by him anymore.

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twinsfan_2
3 years 11 months ago

Trading Shumpert away for 2-3 years Max. with Nash is not smart. You’re giving up your future for a 38 year old. Not a smart move by NYK..

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Fstuffup
3 years 11 months ago

So you think new York can handle three more years of being a borderline playoff team that gets knocked out in the first round? Nash is easily a far superior player than Shumpert and Lin, now and in three years

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Dfdfgdfgdfg
3 years 11 months ago

So you think New York can even make it to the ECF with Nash? Even with Nash the next 2-3 yrs would still be considered a failure. Might as well build for the future.

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dc21892
3 years 11 months ago

This is the Knicks being in “win now” mode.

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Adamg2197
3 years 11 months ago

What future we only have Carmelo Amare n Chandler for 3-4 years…they’ll be out of their Primes n need new contracts smh

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Truitalian9
3 years 11 months ago

Personally id rather linn and shump over nash and no bench.

Im really curious if this can work… At the end of this season

can we trade stat or amnesty him and sign chris paulfor 5 100m like stat

it would be paul melo chand and shump and we would have money for a real bench

could that work? Could we amnesty stat if noone wants him and sign paul?

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NYPOTENCE
3 years 11 months ago

We already used the amnesty clause.

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Truitalian9
3 years 11 months ago

I thought you get it every other yeat

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hardcoreforhardcore
3 years 11 months ago

Nope, only once.

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Mtothelnow
3 years 11 months ago

Not to mention, if you magically get rid of Amar’e contract, yet you replace it with another max deal like Paul’s, this does not give you ‘money for a real bench’ you silly goose. It leaves you in the exact same financial situation, with a different player.

The Heat have it right. Get 3 players, have them all sacrifice 3-5 million per year on their deal, manage to sign 2 players to 3-4M each, and add a MLE each year, or get lucky with a prospect. Otherwise, even two 20M players on one team ruins the cap. That’s why I’m still… Read more »

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Truitalian9
3 years 11 months ago

We have the cap to get nash right? So if we magically switch stat contract with paul than we have what we would have spent on nash contract for a forward and bench players.

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Harris K.
3 years 11 months ago

Nash and no bench? If we bring in Nash in a S & T instead of giving Kidd the MLE, then the Knicks still have their MLE available for a lets say Marcus Camby. Plus, where Nash goes, the solid vets follow (i.e. Grant Hill). I’d rather have Nash, Camby, Hill and a legitimate chance to win than Shump and Jason Kidd.

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NYPOTENCE
3 years 11 months ago

Don’t do it Dolan.

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Knicks suck
3 years 11 months ago

wow knicks are desperate go do it… give up your entire team for nash smart move…go raptors

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NYPOTENCE
3 years 11 months ago

You are pathetic, at least admit that the Raptors are going nowhere if they don’t do something quick. The Knicks have a much brighter future than the Raptors and are in Win now mode.

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Khakisoul1313
3 years 11 months ago

Where in his post did he say raptors were going somewhere? We know our role. The only thing we can do is hope for another Vince Carter type player – someone we draft and control for 4 years, and hope it lures another player or two.

It’s actually very arguable, whether or not the Knicks have a brighter future. A 10M+ center who can’t score, a 20M pf who can’t play D, a 20M sf who can’t pass… that’s an awful lot of money for 3 players. The only reason it hasn’t blown up in NY’s face, is because you guys… Read more »

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NYPOTENCE
3 years 11 months ago

“Financial Inflexibility for the next 10 years”- Nice Exaggeration there buddy Chandler, Stat and Melo are under contract for the next 3 years and then they are gone so if it does blow up the Knicks could jump out of the the hole rather quickly. And as for your assumption that the Knicks can’t jump into the elite ranks, your wrong, if Nash gets the Knicks 3 to click they can do plenty of damage in the Atlantic division at least much more than the Raptors can.

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3 years 11 months ago

The Raptors have plenty of young players. Sure, they aren’t good now but they have a bright future. The Knicks have and injured-ridden PF and C. Plus they own the ball-hog, cancer at SF. And they want to trade one of they’re only young guys? Who has a much brighter future?

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Chris Gill
3 years 11 months ago

man if we trade away shump and smith doesnt resign … we end up with no defense besides at the center position … we wont win a damn thing… nash has been good but hes one injury away from being sidelined for the season … hes past his prime … he can still perform but we need to think about the future and giving nash the world isnt it

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dc21892
3 years 11 months ago

Upset Raptors fan I see.

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knicks
3 years 11 months ago

ok shumpert and 4 expiring contracts isnt their whole team and obviously your just a pissed raptors fan

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apollo
3 years 11 months ago

Nash will get destroyed by Leberon & Wade, Shumpert can actually gaurd guys like Wade & Rose, Dolan is stamping his mark as the NBAs worst ownere by not thinking things through. Stupid trade that does nothing for NY, just sign one of the other dozen Free Agent PGs out there if you need a PG so damn bad!

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