Steve Nash wanted to be traded to the Lakers so he could be close to his children

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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.


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Comments

  1. Does Steve Nash being traded to the Lakers make them a better team?Yes,but will Nash be able to lead the Lakersto an NBA Championshipwith his historyof back problems?probably not,but he makes the Lakers a better team.

  2. It is great Nash can be close to his children but I think it’s a kick in the pants for the fans for him to go to the Lakers! How does he expect to get the ball with ball hog, Kobe, on that team. I can see problems with leadership on that team as well. Wait and see – I think it will take a long season for the Lakers to get the players working as a team.

  3. Hey ,im the last person who wants to see him in a Laker uniform.He did it for many reasons so lets not judge him negatively.First he’s an hour from seeing his kids .Second he really wants a ring and deserves one for his career and past loyalty. Going to the Knicks wasn’t going to happen and its no guarantee that with an aging Lakers team that he’ll get his ring.They are still behind OKC in talent.Plus with the sign and trade the Suns got a ton of draft picks even though they’ll be low ,you never know Good luck Steve.

  4. budster says:

    I am just happy that Nash may have an opportunity for a Ring. He deserves it. I am a huge Suns fan but will be rooting for Steve to get that ring, and end his career as a champion.

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