The Phoenix Suns are focused on resigning Steve Nash to an extension this summer, though Nash has said that if an agreement was not reached, he would not mind be traded to the New York Knicks.
“I would preface it by saying that I love Phoenix and that’s what I’m focusing on right now,” Nash said. “But I live in New York City, and I love it there, and Mike D’Antoni was one of my favorite coaches. If it didn’t work out in Phoenix, obviously that would be a place I’d consider.”
Nash is a two-time MVP, but at 35 years old last season, he averaged a career high 3.35 turnovers a game.
After losing Hedo Turkoglu, who had committed to the team, to the Toronto Raptors, restricted free agent David Lee of the New York Knicks has become their top priority.
“We had been talking, but we’ll talk now,” Lee’s agent Mark Bartlestein told The New York Post last night.
The Blazers have long lusted after Lee, who also seeks $10 million per season, exactly the amount the Blazers are under the cap. Bartlestein said because Lee is restricted, the Blazers were fearful of waiting 10 days to see if the Knicks would match and instead jumped at the surer thing in Turkoglu.
The Memphis Grizzlies and Detroit Pistons are also said to be seriously interested in Lee’s services.