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Still need more Nash news? How about this juicy rumor:
An SI.com report suggests Nash may have pared down his list of potential destinations and lists them as follows:
"I heard from national-media types from around the U.S., and at least one prominent agent as well, that believe that Steve Nash has a short list," Smith said. "From what I have heard from these people, and they could be wrong, but these are coming from some pretty legitimate sources, it is a three-team race for Steve Nash in free agency: Portland, Phoenix and Toronto."
Still looking to fill your daily allowance of Nash related topics?
We asked Kristofer Habbas of SB Nation and NBA Draft Insider to share his thoughts on Nash's pending free agency and he was benevolent enough to "assist" with the following:
Look at all the contenders in each conference... They have a primetime All-Star caliber PG already. I said before the season that other than Portland, Atlanta, and Indiana there are no "playoff" teams that need Nash. Two years ago it was different.
If he wants to come off the bench as a secondary ball-handler and spot-up shooter, then the Bulls, Thunder, Celtics, and etc could use him.
That is my two cents.
Habbas also offered this relative to Toronto's situation:
They can let Bayless go and bring in Nash, their No. 8 pick, and Jonas (Valanciunas) next year.
Not only could the Raptors do that, but with their auspicious cap situation they might even have enough left to bring in another free agent. Maybe that doesn't sound so bad compared to Phoenix after all....
Hopefully this will help take the edge off, Nash withdrawals are no laughing matter.
The Phoenix Suns need a point guard.
Kendall Marshall is as true a point guard as the 2012 Draft has to offer. It could be a match made in heaven.
If Marshall lasts until the 13th pick the Suns have...
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Last year about this time, we started hearing more and more about two prospects in relation to the Suns that hadn't previously been linked to the Suns at all (Markieff Morris and Iman Shumpert). We were all "Who?" But in retrospect, the Suns had fallen in love with both players and both turned out to be solid values at #13 despite little buzz around them.
This year, the loved ones appear to be PG Kendall Marshall and PF/C Arnette Moultrie. Both are talented enough to be picked at #13, but neither has been linked to the Suns until recently. Marshall has a pass-first game and mentality similar to the Suns' incumbent PG while being compared to Andre Miller and Jose Calderon, while Moultrie's game has been compared to Kris Humphries and Jason Thompson. (Interesting that 3 of those 4 are free agents this summer.)
Will the Suns eschew their shot-creating shooting guard need in favor of a new PG or PF/C? What if Jeremy Lamb is still on the board, or Terrence Ross? If Marshall is drafted, is that a goodbye signal from Nash? If Moultrie is drafted, is that a goodbye signal to Channing Frye or Robin Lopez?
Since we'd previously reported that Marshall had posted a local channel's pic of Phoenix weather on Wednesday night, can we guess that Marshall was in Phoenix for at least two more days this week? Sounds like a budding love affair to me.
And who's this Arnette Moultrie character? BSotS hasn't even done a prospect preview on him, which probably guarantees he will be the ultimate pick. I'd better get working on that sucker. Draftexpress.com compares Moultrie favorably to Kris Humphries and Jason Thompson, meaning he's got length and rebounding ability and little in the way of offensive skills.
However, Moultrie has shown some shooting ability and fancies himself a PF rather than a C. In fact, he is so sure he's a PF that he declined to work out at the Chicago pre-draft combine when he learned he was slotted with the centers. Impetulant? Maybe.
So, with Moultrie and Marshall coming back in for their second visits in a week, what does that say about the shooting guards that have been linked to the Suns since the end of the season? Not one of the top 5 SGs (Beal, Waiters, Rivers, Lamb, Ross) have even stepped off a plane into the 100+ degree heat yet and it's only 5 days till the draft!
In fact, Waiters is now firmly ensconced in the top 11, being linked to every team from 6-11. Rivers also believes he's top 10 material, refusing to work out with any team who's top pick is outside #10.
Hmph. BSotS certainly spent a lot of writer's cramping on SGs prospects the last few weeks. And for nothing?
Well, at least Lamb is coming to Phoenix for a visit. He rolled his ankle a week ago and hasn't worked out for anyone since. According to our beloved Suns reporter, he's here today.
Lamb can play some solid defense (what the Suns want, bigtime) but has no leadership qualities of his own, and rarely creates his own offense from scratch (kinda like the rest of the Suns already on the roster).
The same can be said of Terrence Ross, who is clearly projected to be picked at or below the Suns #13, yet has not even touched down in Phoenix yet. Either the Suns have no interest in Ross, or they were waiting for pair him with Lamb. Is Ross here with Lamb today? Will he come to town in the next 3-4 days? Who knows.
What we do know is this: the Suns are considering a PG and a PF/C if they don't like what they see from Lamb and Ross in the next few days.