“For the last 8 seasons I’ve been blessed to play for a team and a city that has embraced me and that I have come to call home. This is a tough business and the only thing constant in life is change.
After talking with (owner) Robert (Sarver) and (president of basketball operations) Lon (Babby) we’ve agreed that it’s time for both of us to move in new directions. I approached them and asked if they would be willing to do a sign and trade deal with L.A. because it is very important to me to stay near my children and family.
“They were very apprehensive and didn’t want to do it. Fortunately for me, they reconsidered. They saw that they were able to get assets for their team that will make them better, assets they would not have otherwise had and it made sense for them to do a deal that helps their team get better.
“I couldn’t be more grateful to the organization and Robert in particular. I know how hard this was for him and that fact that he was able to help me and my family in this way … it means a lot and says a lot about his character. I will never forget this gesture. Above and beyond.
“The Phoenix Suns are an amazing organization and fans should be excited about their future. I hope the Suns win a championship some day soon for all the amazing fans and wonderful people in the organization.”
Such was the quote from Steve Nash upon negotiating a sign-and-trade deal from the Phoenix Suns to the Los Angeles Lakers. Nash will receive a $25 million+ deal from the Lakers for 3 years. Rather than ending up with nothing, the Suns get something out of the deal — The Lakers first round draft choices in 2013 and 2015 and second round picks in 2013 and 2014.
What is amazing about this deal is the Lakers can keep their entire core together and just add Nash for next to nothing. They don’t care about draft picks. they are an aging team and want to win now. And so they shall.
The move immediately makes them the favorites to reach the finals in the West, though Oklahoma will have something to say about that.
Doesn’t it seem that the Lakers do this over and over again every few years? Bring in a superstar veteran at the end of his career to help them win a championship. From Wilt in 1968, to Kareem in 1975, to Haywood in 1979, to McAdoo in 1981, to Shaq in 1996 to Gasol in 2007, and here we are again.
Why is it that only the Lakers and Celtics have figured out how to do this???