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Some Canadians dreamed of a scenario where Steve Nash would agree to join the Raptors on Canada Day. Now the fear is that he’ll agree to join the Knicks on the Fourth of July.

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We know Steve Nash is the primary target of everything this summer for Bryan Colangelo and the Raptors. We also know that the point guard position is one of the areas (along with the small forward spot) that Colangelo believes needs to be addressed this off-season.

If the Raptors swing and miss on Nash, reports still speculate that they would potentially make a push for Jeremy Lin, who is a restricted free agent. Then there’s the lead guard situation in Houston, where feisty Kyle Lowry isn’t Kevin McHale’s biggest fan and Goran Dragic appears to be a young point guard on the rise, but one who will demand a sizable contract as well.

Lastly, there is Toronto’s most recent point guard combination of Jose Calderon and Jerryd Bayless. Calderon is heading into the final year of a long-term and lucrative contract and is a potential amnesty target. Bayless is an intriguing yet unproven (over the long haul anyway) young restricted free agent.

I think it’s safe to say that one of these six names will be Toronto’s starting point guard on opening night in October, and that a few of them will be moving around this summer. But of the six, which one would you say is the best option right now? Which of the six will be the best player a year from now, two years from now?

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The aggressive pursuit of Steve Nash is dominating basketball headlines North of the border right now, and rightfully so. Besides the whole Canadiana thing, Nash can still take a low level team like the Raptors and have them in playoff contention, even at the age of 38.

But while Nash gets all of the hype and most of the media attention, there are a few other names out there to keep an eye on. As ESPN reported on Sunday, a large backloaded contract offer, termed a “poison pill” contract, could still get Jeremy Lin out of New York City, and the Raptors are mentioned in that report.

Acquiring one of Nash or Lin would certainly be a major splash for the Raptors and would generate a ton of buzz around the team.

But one name that I feel isn’t getting enough attention is Ersan Ilyasova. The young Bucks forward has steadily progressed over the last six years (four of which have been spent in the NBA) since joining the Association as a 19-year-old for the 2006-2007 season.

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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:

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We’ve been pretty focused on the NBA Draft here at RaptorBlog over the last couple of weeks, but it appears we finally have some non-Draft Raptors-related news to pass along. With NBA Free Agency beginning shortly after the Draft, the rumours should begin swirling out of control over the next week or so, so how about we start it off with another Steve Nash report.

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