Lakers Sign Steve Nash
In an unforeseen trade, The Los Angeles acquire two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash. Nash has successfully negotiated a sign-and-trade deal from the Phoenix Suns to the Los Angeles Lakers that will team him up with Kobe Bryant and put the Lakers straight back into title competition. Steve Nash’s agent, Bill Duffy, said the deal was finalized.
Steve Nash was also approached by the New York Knicks, who were also pressing hard to complete a similar sign-and-trade deal. However, Nash was swayed to join the Lakers after a determined push from Kobe Bryant. Bryant knew the move keeps Nash him in the title hunt and also allows him to stay in close proximity to his three children in Phoenix. Well played Kobe, well played..
According to the three-year deal, Nash will receive an estimated $27 million because the Suns ultimately agreed to sign-and-trade him to the Lakers. This is good because now the Lakers can absorb Nash via the trade exception they created by dealing Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks in December.
The Suns agreed to get four draft picks from the Lakers. This means, first rounders in 2013 and 2015 and second rounders in 2013 and 2014.
Lakers Sign Steve Nash
Steve Nash Told Espn Reporters:
“For the last 8 seasons I’ve been blessed to play for a team and a city that has embraced me and that I have come to call home. This is a tough business and the only thing constant in life is change.
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. 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.
I couldn’t be more grateful to the organization and Robert in particular. I know how hard this was for him and that fact that he was able to help me and my family in this way … it means a lot and says a lot about his character. I will never forget this gesture. Above and beyond.
The Phoenix Suns are an amazing organization and fans should be excited about their future. I hope the Suns win a championship some day soon for all the amazing fans and wonderful people in the organization.”
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