The Brooklyn Nets are scheduled to sit down with free agent Steve Nash on monday morning, as Marc Stein reported via Twitter. Some may look too deeply into this news and jump to the conclusion that the Nets front office is not entirely confident in their ability to re-sign Deron Williams, well that is simply not true. While the Nets would certainly go all in on Nash in the event that Williams decides to bolt, they would also love the chance to pair the two playmakers together to create the most intriguing backcourt in the NBA. Marc Stein tweeted ”Nets will make their pitch in AM, interested in Nash both as potential D-Will replacement and teammate.”
This move is sure to garner a mixed reaction as some would argue that pairing two playmakers together in the same backcourt makes zero sense, while others will be salivating at the thought of Steve Nash and Deron Williams leading the Nets next season. Starting two point guards is definitely out of the ordinary, but go ahead and ask the Detroit Pistons of the “Bad Boy” era how it worked out for them. Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumors are widely regarded as one of the best backcourt duos in NBA history.
At this point, Brooklyn has to be viewed as a bit of a long shot to sign the two-time MVP. The Toronto Raptors are said to be the current favorites to land Nash. The team made their aggressive pitch to Nash on Sunday, they are hoping that Nash’s Canadian roots will be enough to lure him across the borders up north to finish out his magnificent NBA career. Toronto’s offer of three years and $36 million is believed to be the highest one any of Nash’s many suitors will make. Sources close to Nash said that offer was “premature” for now.
The New York Knicks view Nash as their number one free agency target. They hope a point guard with his playmaking ability can help make that unbalanced roster play better as a team. Unfortunately for the Knicks, they can only offer him their mini mid-level exception, which would pay him $3 million for three years. I would assume that Mr. Nash is going to take a staggering $27 million less to join an organization as lopsided as the Knicks.
Miami also has interest in Nash, but they are in a similar position as the Knicks in terms of what they can offer. Dallas has Steve Nash as their “Plan B”, they will aggressively pursue their former point guard if a