Before news broke that the Suns had sent Steve Nash to the Lakers in a sign-and-trade deal, all signs pointed to Nash landing with the New York Knicks. But according to the Arizona Republic, things changed when Nash approached the Suns on Tuesday and asked them to trade him to the Lakers so he could he could be close to his three children.
Suns Managing Partner Robert Sarver was initially against the idea, but ultimately gave in to Nash’s request on Wednesday afternoon. And they sent Nash to the Lakers for Miami’s and the Lakers’ 2013 first-round picks, a minimally protected 2015 Lakers first-round pick, Denver’s 2013 second-round pick, the Lakers’ 2014 second-round pick cash.
Here’s Nash’s statement regarding the trade:
“After talking with (owner) Robert (Sarver) and (president of basketball operations) Lon (Babby) we’ve agreed that it’s time for both of us to move in new directions,” Nash told ESPN.com. “I approached them and asked if they would be willing to do a sign-and-trade deal with L.A. because it is very important to me to stay near my children and family.
“They were very apprehensive and didn’t want to do it. Fortunately for me, they reconsidered. They saw that they were able to get assets for their team that will make them better, assets they would not have otherwise had and it made sense for them to do a deal that helps their team get better.”
Does this make the Lakers better? You bet.
Does this make the Lakers title contenders? We’re not so sure. We’ll reserve judgment until we see what other moves shake out.