There is a rumour floating around that the Los Angeles Lakers are looking to deal point guard Steve Nash. Of course, with potential destinations being listed, Toronto looks to be the front runner. Nash, who was born in South Africa, grew up in British Columbia, Canada and is regarded as one of the best Canadian athletes of this generation. Although it would be nice for Nash to end his career in Toronto, it's not in the best interest of either party.
- He is 39 years old and although still talented, he is a shell of his former-MVP self.
- Nash is in the second year of a $27 million deal. The Raptors are already battling the salary cap and shouldn't invest a big chunk of it on Nash.
- He wouldn't be traded for free. The Raptors would have to send one of their players back to the Lakers, most likely Rudy Gay or a promising young player.
- The Raptors are a few pieces away from becoming a contending team and Nash isn't one of those pieces. Adding Nash wouldn't make the Raptors significantly better.
- Coach Dwane Casey's philosophy revolves around defense. Nash is one of the worst defensive guards in the NBA and would be exploited each game.
- This is the first season in a while where the Raptors don't have a point guard controversy. Whether it was Jose Calderon and T.J. Ford, Jose Calderon and Jarrett Jack or Jose Calderon and Kyle Lowry, there was always a controversy, which ended up hurting the Raptors. Bringing Nash in would only hurt the team as people would call for Nash to be the starter.
- Nash already turned down the Raptors to play for the Lakers. He is still in search of his first NBA title and if he wants to get one before he retires, he won't get one here.
- Bringing in Nash now would be like when the Raptors brought in Hakeem Olajuwon. Hakeem was 38 years old when he finished his career with the Raptors. In the one year he spent with the team, he had his worst season.
- Nash has been battling through injuries the last few years, including a bad back. Who's to say that Nash would even be healthy enough to play for the Raptors?
- It would make more sense if Bryan Colangelo was still the GM. With Masai Ujiri under the helm, it is very unlikely the team pursues Nash as he isn't the type of player Ujiri desires.
Steve Nash will go down as one of the greatest point guards of all-time. He is one of the best passers and shooters of all-time. However, there is no need for the Toronto Raptors to pursue Nash. He wouldn't make them an instant contender and acquiring him would set back the growth of the team by a few years.
That's our opinion on the matter, but we would love to hear what you think.
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