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May 17

Hollinger: Steve Nash To Portland Always A Possibility

By caseyholdahl

One of the most enduring rumors in the NBA is Portland's interest in acquiring future Hall of Fame point guard Steve Nash. And the combination of Nash being an unrestricted free agent and the Trail Blazers having, for the first time in recent memory, significant money to spend on free agents this offseason is only going to stoke those flames.

Enter our good friend and part-time Portlander John Hollinger, who drops two Nash-to-Portland mentions during a chat today on ESPN.com:
sean (bridge city)
Where does Nash land this summer?

John Hollinger  (12:55 PM)
A very interesting question. I think he's the consolation prize in Dallas if they don't get Deron Williams -- I don't think he could pass up a chance at a reunion with Marc Stein. New York isn't really an option unless the NBAPA lawsuit works out in their favor, which I consider unlikely. The other team that will pursue him hard is Portland, although they may prefer Goran Dragic.

(snip)

Kurt (PDX)
But Portland needs a (real) GM to sign Nash, right? Who's *your* pick for that position, and who's your guess?

John Hollinger (12:59 PM)
Actually, I think it's far more important that they get real talent to put alongside Nash and make him think there's a chance to win big immediately. That's why the lottery is so important -- if Portland can dangle two lotto picks they might be able to net some big fish on draft day. They already have an all-star PF and three really good wings (Batum, Matthews, Williams), so it's not impossible.
Note that both of those questions came from Portland. You guys won't let the dream die!

While the team may prefer Dragic (I don't know either way, just for clarification), if for no other reason than he's 12 years Nash's junior, it would be hard to pass up an opportunity to sign one of the greatest point guards in NBA history. Nash averaged 12.5 points and 10.7 assists in 2011-12 while shooting 53 percent from the field, a career high. That percentage would have lead the 2011-12 Trail Blazers roster, and he's a point guard!

Hollinger makes a great point that who Nash is playing with will probably have as much to do with where he signs as how much he's being paid. I mean, money is going to play a big part, but comparable money and quality pieces probably gets it done over max money with a questionable supporting cast.

It also begs the question: Would you rather sign a 26-year old Goran Dragic for four years or a 38-year old Steve Nash for two years? For me, the answer depends on whether the team is able to, as Hollinger writes, "net some big fish" with what while hopefully be two draft picks in the lottery. If you can grab a borderline all-star caliber player with the draft picks and maybe another player thrown in and re-sign Nicolas Batum, I think you go for broke with Nash. If not, you take the long view approach with a guy like Dragic.

8 Comments

  1. Casey: Of course you have to coaxes Steve away from Phoenix, and that won't be easy; I don't know if I would rather have Nash for two years or Dragic for four. Steve can do a lot for this organization in developing young talent while being competitive at the same time.

    You do bring on a good question, we will see. I can't hardly wait.

    by Hg on 5/17/2012 10:09 AM
  2. I like that outlook Case and I wholeheartedly agree. If you can build a team that should be top-tier in the two seasons you'd have Nash you can't say no. He's incredible.

    by sarahhecht on 5/17/2012 10:16 AM
  3. I don't know about that HG, and what's more, it's Nash's choice. I think he leaves Phoenix for sure, though am much less optimistic that he ends up in Portland.

    by caseyholdahl on 5/17/2012 11:33 AM
  4. This would be a great addition. It will be an obvious short-term solution, but would definitely put us back in the Playoffs immediately. This move can be a catalyst to a better team in the future.

    by natewillisii on 5/17/2012 11:34 AM
  5. I don't know how I feel about the addition of Nash. I'm don't really feel super strongly either way. There is only one thing that really bugs me about Nash, his hair. Drives me nuts. Needs a better conditioner or hot oil treatment or something. If he can do something about the hair then maybe we can work something else. Lol.

    by Niki C on 5/17/2012 1:09 PM
  6. Nash would be a fine addition but it is very short term unless you use him to teach a young talented point guard like Kendall Marshall with pick #11 but I think Rivers is a better selection at #11. I say try to sign and trade Batum packaged with Matthews to Boston for Rondo and pick #21 or #22 and use that pick to get Fab Melo or package it with #7 to move up and get Beal. I would like to see us draft Beal, Rivers and Melo or Leonard. Our starting 5 would look like pg-Rondo, sg-Beal, sg-Rivers, c-LA, pf-JJ a 3 guard lineup much like Detroit when they were the bad boys and spanking everyone but I think the talent level on the Blazers now would be higher the the old Pistons.

    by mbmurr1 on 5/17/2012 8:23 PM
  7. I would be shocked if Nash stays in Phoenix. I think Nash likes Portland and would be a superb fit here. I agree with the idea of getting Nash over Dragic if the reload is successful, but taking Dragic (or someone else) over Nash if it's looking to more of a long term project. I would also be really, really surprised if Portland actually keeps BOTH of it's first rounders (provided the Nets don't land in the top 3 of course). I fully expect a trade of some kind involving one or both of those picks

    by SisillaRiann on 5/17/2012 8:45 PM
  8. sign goran dragic for our pg. sign ilyasova for our sf. pick jeremy lamb for sg and tyler zeller. Sign chris kaman for our center

    by reg828 on 5/22/2012 1:51 AM
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