The 2011 NBA Draft is upon us, and the whirlwind of trade rumors is blowing as hard as ever. This time the focus in on potential Hall of Famer Steve Nash.
According to a ESPN report, the Minnesota Timberwolves are in the preliminary stages of discussing a deal with the Phoenix Suns for point guard Steve Nash. The deal is assumed to be focused on the Timberwolves number two overall draft pick. In ESPN's report, Suns' center Marcin Gortat is said to have been mentioned as well.
The ESPN report also states that the Toronto Raptors are another team considered to be interested in the point guard. Nash is a native Canadian and the Raptors hold the 5th overall selection is this year's draft.
Contenders, such as the New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, and Portland Trailblazers, have also been rumored to pursue the 14-year veteran. Many consider these teams to be a player or two away from title contention.
Nash was drafted by the Suns in 1996 out of Santa Clara with the 15th overall selection. He play his first two seasons with the Suns before being traded to the Dallas Mavericks where he would spend the next six years of his career. After re-signing with the Suns in 2004, Nash went on to win back-to-back MVPs and lead the Suns to the Western Conference Finals.
Nash is 37 and entering the final year of his contract. He has a career average of 14.6 PPG to go with a career 8.5 APG. The 6'3" point guard is a career .489 shooter. This past season Nash averaged 14.7 PPG and 11.4 APG.