From everything I’ve seen, Steve Nash doesn’t have a “Black Swan” alter ego — the man seems to be a pretty straight shooter. When he signed that extension in 2009 to play in Phoenix until the summer of 2012, he was entirely willing to do so, with one caveat: the Suns franchise had to remain committed to winning.
In late October, Nash was already frustrated with the newly assembled roster mainly its lack of chemistry and size. This was the preseason. With no real games played, I would assume he wasn’t happy with the team’s biggest acquisition this summer — the Party Machine, Hedo Turkoglu.
Fast forward to this weekend’s trade with Orlando which sent out Jason Richardson, Turk, and Earl Clark for Marcin Gortat, Vince Carter, Mickael Pietrus, cash and a first round pick. Cue the Nash chatter: “Steve will be the next Sun to go.” Mind-boggling as the deal clearly shows the team is willing to give Nash exactly what he wants: size and less dancing.
The team he led to the conference final last spring was no juggernaut. Last year’s Suns were expected to exit the playoffs in the second round at best. With Turkoglu gone, I’m sure Nash is comfortable leading a comparable squad which currently sits at .500 and plays the easiest schedule the rest of the season (Phoenix plays 20 games against opponents on their second game of back-to-backs while the Suns are rested).
The Suns aren’t in a hurry to trade arguably the best player to ever don their jersey. And after this weekend, their leader just got a little more comfortable conducting the little engine that could.
Trade bait? Hardly.