Over the coming days and weeks, we’ll have plenty of time to either dissect the Raptors’ acquisition of Steve Nash, or debate why exactly Toronto couldn’t seal the deal.

If Bryan Colangelo does the seal the deal, there will also be plenty of room for discussion on how Nash could impact the current edition of the Raptors, as well as the franchise as a whole.

But as of right now (or at least as I write this), all we know is that Steve Nash is an unrestricted free agent, and that the Raptors are one of the teams pursuing his services.

So if you wake up on Canada Day and want to know what you might have missed re: Nash through the night, here’s a quick list to get you up to speed:

- The Raptors, Knicks, Heat, Pacers and possibly still the Suns will make their big pitches to Nash some time today, while Nash is in New York. Also, the loser of the Deron Williams (plus Jason Kidd) sweepstakes between the Nets and Mavericks is expected to be in on Nash as well.

- The Raptors will probably offer the most lucrative contract of any of the bidding teams, with most reports pegging the offer between $10-12 million per year for two-to-three years.

- Bryan Colangelo, Dwane Casey and Larry Tanenbaum are reportedly the main components of what was once rumoured to be a five-man team that flew to New York on Tanenbaum’s private jet to woo Nash. The Raptors reportedly have an elaborate package and presentation for Nash that includes a taped video plea from Wayne Gretzky, as well as the option to bring The Great One in via speed dial if they so choose.

We will discuss this all more in-depth over the next little while, but whether you agree with the chasing of Nash or not, one thing is certain: If this whole production works and Colangelo returns to Toronto with an unofficial agreement between Nash and the Raptors, this whole crazy night, from an assistant coach’s wedding, to the private jet, to Wayne Gretzky pitching in, is going to live on forever in Canadian basketball lore.

UPDATE: A reported two-hour meeting between the Raptors and Nash on Sunday resulted in a three-year offer worth $36 million. Meanwhile, Doug Smith writes that his “educated guess” is that we’ll know Nash’s decision “by dinnertime Wednesday, maybe before.”

Comments (19)

  1. ” presentation for Nash that includes a taped video plea from Wayne Gretzky, as well as the option to bring The Great One in via speed dial if they so choose.”

    that should seal the deal

  2. ” presentation for Nash that includes a taped video plea from Wayne Gretzky, as well as the option to bring The Great One in via speed dial if they so choose.”

    That’s such an adorably Canadian thing to include, awww

  3. What they should have done was include pleas from Carly rae, Drake, and the Biebster.

  4. Pam Anderson and Capt James T Kirk.

    Lets just hope we end up players in the FA sweepstakes

  5. I have a bad feeling about this. Nash in Toronto would be an outstanding PR move and would certainly make the team exciting to follow again, but at what cost? Even if we did land Nash, could anyone definitively say that we’re better than say, the Atlanta Hawks, or the Milwaukee Bucks?

    Nash in Toronto screams excitement, but how bad would the eventual hangover be?

  6. If Nash is the only major player we get this ff-season, it would be disappointing. It’s not the best long-term move, but we will be better right away. We’ll be fun to watch, that’s for sure. I heard Colangelo say he made a qualifying offer to Sonny Weems, so with Weems, DeRozan, Amir and Ross, it’ll make for some nice highlight reel alley-oops.

    But ultimately the only way I can support a Nash acquisition 100% is if BC does it in a way that the keys to the team gradually gets given to another player over the course of the 3-year contract. That player isn’t DeRozan or Bargnani (although I think Bargnani is going to play lights out this year, he was unstoppable before he got injured). I haven’t seen Jonas play yet, but more than likely he’s not going to be a superstar.

    I just really hope that BC doesn’t lose focus of the major hole we have at 3. From the list of free agents, I’d say the best option is Ilyasova. He’s Euro, but not soft.

    • I realize Ilyasova was a pf for the bucks, but I think he can do fine as a sf. He’s more of an outside player anyways.

    • I think between Ross, DeRozan, Klieza, Forbes JJ, and now Weems they should be good at the 3.

      I think the 2 is the biggest need of an upgrade.

  7. My fingers are crossed!

  8. This is a pure money move. No care at all about winning long term. This is all about a BC extension, as well as a ton of extra profits for the owners.

    Dollars over championships in Toronto.

    Shame on you Bryan Colangelo, and shame on the entire Raptors’ organization.

    • shame on colangelo for doing his job, trying to keep his job and trying to make this team better??..bringing nash to toronto would be the best thing to ever happen to canadian basketball and i hope he knows that..nash will bring out THE best in every player on this team, expect career highs from derozen, barnani, and an excellent rookie season for jv and tr. if we can sign nash expect colangelo to make another big move to compliment this young core of players and hopefully give nash another option on the wing…you got my support collangelo kudos for trying to sign one the the greatest point gaurds of all time and the greatest canadian player of all time!!

    • I agree that the Raptors are probably pursuing Nash for the wrong reasons but I’m slowly coming to the realization that BC will never properly rebuild unless his hand is forced nor will the Raptors ever be in a position to be title contenders barring a Tim Duncan/Kevin Durant level lightning strike in the draft so we might as well accept our destiny as a treadmill team.

      And if we’re going to be a treadmill team, we might as well be an interesting one. I’m actually surprising myself with how much I’m getting caught up in this pursuit of Nash because logically, it probably isn’t a very sound idea to give a 38-year old point guard a three year deal even if he is a freak of nature like Steve Nash but when you are looking at the prospects of potentially the most exciting Raptors team in over a decade, you have to at least be open to it.

      • I somewhat agree. The team would probably be fun to watch for a couple years. After that they’ll be back at the point they’re at now (save for moderate internal player development).

        But your other point is valid. Each league seems to have a handful of franchises that win 80% of the championships. What should everyone else do? Should Raptors fans really hate anything less than championship-calibre, when you’ll probably be doing well to win 1 every 30 years? What a waste of time. Maybe entertainment value is underrated?

  9. I was at first opposed to this trade because I felt we were throwing all our cap space for the coming years at an aging player. From checking other sites, the Raptors could still have enough money in the coming year to sign a major free agent.

    If that’s the case, then I like this trade. We could improve the team and Steve would be a draw for free agent next year. While it’s a gamble, it’s probable the best bet the team could make.

    My one concern would be that we don’t have a point guard of the future in waiting. That should be a prerequisite for such a strategy IMO

  10. I’m sure Steve Nash won’t make the Raptors title contenders for the next 3 years, but then again, with the window the Heat and Thunder have, I think there are 20 other teams that are also going to be spinning their wheels.

    I’d be willing to sacrifice the next five years or so (rather than doing a “full” rebuild) – for the greater good of the legacy of basketball in Canada (as corny as that may seem) – We’re now seeing the “Raptor Echo” of high-level basketball talent from the GTA that have grown up with the Raps on local TV. Steve Nash could have a similar, perhaps even greater effect on the next generation of players and fans from coast to coast – which I think would be pretty damn cool. This is a unique player and a unique situation – we may again never see a Canadian player of this talent level (and class) be in a position to join the Raps.

  11. They really said – around – that Stevie Nash was a patriot, and didn’t need any other motivation to choose the Canadian team over all the others.
    Instead, it looks like it’s all a matter of money, tons of money.
    But, I’m the one getting it wrong, of course!

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