Steve Nash is one of the biggest free agents this NBA offseason.
The point guard has won two MVP awards in his career, and his still playing at a high level. The former Sun averaged 12.5 points, 10.7 assists and three rebounds per game this past season. He almost led Phoenix to the playoffs, despite having one of the weakest rosters in the league.
Steve Nash may have chosen Los Angeles to facilitate his post playing career.
Nash is 38 years old, but will still be highly sought after in the summer. The veteran reportedly wants a three year contract, and multiple teams would be willing to spend money on one of the best point guards of all time.
Nash has a few options, but has to decide if it's more important for him to win a title or make as much money as he can.
Here are the most likely free agent destinations for Steve Nash this offseason.
The Heat are just a few days away from their NBA Finals victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. However, Miami is already looking to repeat as champions next year.
Mario Chalmers proved that a team can win a title with him as their starter, helping to lead the Heat over the Thunder in five games. Still, there's no question that Nash would be an upgrade over Chalmers.
Chalmers had some impressive playoff performances, but didn't come close to matching Nash's production during the season. He averaged fewer points, rebounds and 7.2 fewer assists than Nash.
Nash has never even been to the Finals, and joining the Heat would give him the best chance of winning a ring before he retires. The biggest question would be how important money is to Nash. He would have to accept a lot less money in Miami compared to what he could make elsewhere.
New York Knicks
The Knicks are very similar to Miami. They would give Nash a chance to finally win a title, as New York has two stars in Amare Stoudemire and Carmelo Anthony signed to long-term contracts.
Nash, though, would have to accept the Knicks midlevel exception, which is worth $5 million.
The Heat certainly give Nash a better chance of winning than the Knicks do, but the point guard might rather win a championship in New York. The Knicks haven't won a title in almost 40 years, and he would be forever remembered for helping bring an NBA championship back to the Big Apple.
Nash said last week that he'd be open to the possibility of coming to New York.
Despite their lack of success recently, the Raptors have a chance of landing Nash. Randy Hill of Fox Sports is reporting that the Canadian is considering playing in his native country next year.
"I've been hearing that from people that would know," said one Western Conference source to Hill. "The Raptors may not be ready to win right away, but with (Andrea) Bargnani, (DeMar) DeRozan and maybe (Jonas) Valanciunas coming over next season, they could be pretty decent right away with Nash. And they could have enough cap space to get something done there."
Nash told ESPN Radio in New York that money would be a big factor in his decision. Toronto can offer the veteran more money than the Knicks and Heat, so they have a distinct advantage.
They have some young talent, including the eighth overall pick in the draft. The biggest obstacle they face is their recent performance. The Raptors have only finished with an above .500 record once since the 2001-2002 Season.
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