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Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

Posted on: June 22, 2011 10:40 am

NEW YORK -- Suns president Lon Babby put the brakes on Steve Nash trade speculation Wednesday, saying, "We are not trading Steve Nash. Period. Exclamation point."

Despite the questionable syntax, the otherwise clear dictation from Babby to the Arizona Republic quashed the latest Nash trade discussions, which had him going to Minnesota for the No. 2 pick in Thursday's draft. The Timberwolves have been among the most active teams in trade discussions leading up to the draft, offering the second pick to several teams with a list of demands that included Nash, the Lakers' Pau Gasol, and the Wizards' JaVale McGee, league sources said Wednesday. The proposed Gasol trade is "not happening," one of the sources said, and Washington has been unwilling to seriously discuss trading McGee.

A person close to Nash said of a possible trade to Minnesota, "I can't believe (Phoenix) would do that to Steve." Nash, 37, would be relegated to mentoring point guard Ricky Rubio on a rebuilding team that won 17 games last season.

If Minnesota is unsuccessful in procuring a veteran star for the second pick, sources said the Wolves are comfortable selecting Arizona's Derrick Williams, who team officials strongly believe will be on the board after the Cavaliers select Duke point guard Kyrie Irving.

Babby also told the Republic that the Suns "are not trading Marcin Gortat," whose name was included in the discussions with Minnesota.

A source also said discussions between Atlanta and Orlando with Josh Smith going to the Magic are "totally legit." Executives say the Hawks have expressed an eagerness to move Smith and would like to shed salary in the process.

Several executives were surprised to learn the Spurs are fielding offers for point guard Tony Parker, whose infamous statement that San Antonio's championship window has closed could usher in some significant changes for the four-time champions. An integral piece of the puzzle for the Spurs is the pending early-termination option for Tim Duncan, who has yet to act on his $21.2 million option for next season. It would clearly benefit Duncan to agree to an extension before the collective bargaining agreement expires at 12:01 a.m. ET July 1, though Spurs officials are currently focused on the draft -- with one obvious priority being whether Parker or other assets could get San Antonio into the high lottery on draft night.

With top prospects in New York Thursday for media and service responsibilities, a person familiar with the draft discussions said the Pistons appear to have zeroed in on Texas small forward Tristan Thompson with the eighth pick. Thompson canceled other scheduled workouts after working out for the Pistons with five other players Wednesday.


Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: June 23, 2011 7:28 pm

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

Haha I watch too much YouTube, thought Smoove was something about Chris Smoove. I'm an idiot

Since: Feb 20, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 8:48 pm

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

I agree, the weather in Minny is not a deal-breaker, 'cause Nash is a tough player and a professional who would accept a trade to wherever.  But I still think that while Nash would never admit it publicly, weather is a factor (though not the most important one) he might consider.  And yes, I'm aware he's from Canada and that every NBA team plays in a climate-controlled arena.

Nash played college ball for Santa Clara, was drafted by the Suns, was traded to Dallas, and returned to Phoenix as a free agent.  This means that at age 37, he's been playing in warm-weather locales for longer than his pre-adult years in Canada.  I know I'm not the only one who's noticed that he lies on his back during games when he's on the sideline - this is because of a medical condition which causes muscle tightness and lower back pain, so he lies down to prevent his muscles from stiffening up.  You are welcome to find some folks who suffer from back pain and muscle issues and suggest to them that cold climates have no effect whatsoever on those body ailments.

Since: Jun 15, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 8:34 pm

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

I'm kind of surprised that there are reports of them talking. Yes, Nash is a future Hall of Fame point guard, but Minnesota is a young team and one veteran won't be turning that franchise around. There has to be more players in the trade for the #2 pick in there ffrom the Suns, cause it's not worht it.

Since: May 10, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 8:25 pm

Wake up SUNS!!

Suns are an ancient team...please Lon Babby, wake up and trade Nash to Minnesota for the #2 pick.  That and their own first round pick will help them take a step in the right direction.

Trade Grant Hill and consider trading anyone else over the age of 30!

Suns are an old worn out team.  40-45 wins and an 8th seed opening round loser.  Lets  bring some excitement back to Phoenix!

Since: Jun 22, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 6:52 pm

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

Timberwolves won't be trading up for Nash. There is no way the Wolves would trade a #2 pick for an aging (37) Steve Nash. Just doesn't make any sense to make a trade if that was the case....

Since: Jan 29, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 6:09 pm

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

We NEED KING NASH in ORL make it happen

Since: Jun 20, 2011
Posted on: June 22, 2011 5:20 pm

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

sportwriter just making up story to write

Since: Nov 23, 2007
Posted on: June 22, 2011 4:29 pm

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

Why would the Wolves want an over the hill PG with maybe 2 yrs left assuming he doesnt get hurt(proable) and he aint getting any younger....I'll take the young guy Williams...u keep ur smart old PG....That trade makes absolutely no sense whatsoever.....Sounds like PHX wishes that would happen

Since: Jul 31, 2009
Posted on: June 22, 2011 3:28 pm

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

I think the intent of the comment was that the Wolves believe Irving will be selected first, and therefore, Williams will still be available. 

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: June 22, 2011 3:15 pm

Draft buzz: Nash, Smoove, and more

I also think the warm climate and run-and-gun style has helped Nash extend his career a bit (though he's a health freak too).

Last time I looked, the Timberwolves played their games in an indoor, heated, arena just like every other NBA team.  That, and being Canadian, I don't think weather would be a deal breaker on a Steve Nash trade but I doubt the Suns would be so cruel as to trade Nash to a losing/rebuilding team this late in his career.

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