Reports of the Raptors' strong interest in Steve Nash are gaining steam, with Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld reporting last night that Toronto was planning a "hard push" for the Canadian point guard. Marc Stein of ESPN.com has specific details on the team's recruiting plan, tweeting that the Raptors intend to park "no less than a five-deep contingent" in Manhattan as soon as allowed. According to Stein (Twitter link), Raps GM Bryan Colangelo wooed Nash in the same aggressive way for Phoenix, and quickly signed him in 2004.
There were rumors heading into draft night that the Raptors' No. 8 pick could be in play in a deal involving Rockets point guard Kyle Lowry. However, Kennedy's report last night suggested Toronto felt comfortable passing on Lowry, given their planned pursuit of Nash. According to Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun (Twitter link), the presentation the Raptors have prepared is "quite the production" and at least should give the 38-year-old something to strongly consider.
The Suns, Knicks, Mavericks, and Nets are also expected to be among the suitors for Nash, who says he's looking forward to the free agent process. Teams can begin recruiting the two-time MVP on Sunday, when free agency begins.