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Would Steve Nash Bring a Title to Miami?

March 30, 2012 – Dan Favale

The trade deadline is barely two weeks past and the playoff brackets have not yet been decided, but the NBA is already looking ahead toward free-agency, specifically with regards to the future of Steve Nash.

Nash, 38, refuses to accept the laws of age and continues to have an MVP effect on a, for all intents and purposes, mediocre Phoenix Suns team. But is Nash ready to move on from mediocrity?

The point guard refused to request a trade prior to the deadline, but at the prospect of hitting the open market, he may be ready to make one last serious push at the championship ring that that thus far eluded him. That would dictate he signs with a legitimate contender, like the Miami Heat.

Asked on the Dan Patrick Show if the Heat were a potential destination for him in free-agency, Nash said that he would “definitely listen” if the opportunity presented itself.

When pressed further, Nash had more to offer on the subject.

From the Dan Patrick Show:

I definitely do want to win. I’m not going to come back to the Suns if there isn’t an improvement. If they’re not ambitious and they’re not looking to upgrade the roster seriously. And I think they are. They’ll have a lot of flexibility in free agency. I think I’ve been standing pat so they could do some things this summer. I think they’ll become a definite possibility for me, but I do want to win and I do want to consider all my options.

While Nash’s mind is far from made up, it’s hard to imagine him returning to Phoenix next season. The Suns may have an interest in making some substantial upgrades, but convincing any big name free agents to make a home for themselves alongside a point guard who could ride off into the sunset at any minute is not going to be an easy task.

That’s why the Heat are such an intriguing destination. They already have three superstars, and as luck would have it, neither one of those superstars is a point guard.

That being said, both LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are at their best when the ball is in their hands. As a proven floor general, Nash would need to have the ball in his hands, and that could potentially disrupt James’ and Wade’s career-long rhythm.

But would it?

Nash is still the best playmaker in the game. He draws defenses away from their assignments and creates easy scoring opportunities for his teammates. So while James and Wade would have the ball in their hands less, they would be playing alongside a point man who, for the past 15 years, has earned a living making those around him better.

That doesn’t put Miami at a disadvantage, it gives them an edge that every team fantasizes about.

So, would Nash bring a championship to the Heat?

There is no such thing as a guarantee in the NBA, but let’s just say his presence would certainly put them over the top.

Interpret that how you see fit.

Dan Favale is a firm believer in the three-pointer as well as the notion that defense doesn’t always win championships. His basketball musings can be found at in addition to Follow @danfavale on Twitter for his latest posts and all things NBA.

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