All-Star point guard Steve Nash will be a free agent this summer, and Thursday he said if the Phoenix Suns do not dramatically improve their roster, he will consider joining another team in an effort to win an NBA championship in the winter of his career.
The 38-year-old Nash appeared on the Dan Patrick Show and said if LeBron James asked him to join the Miami Heat, "I would listen."
"He's phenomenal," Nash continued. "I love what they're doing there. A lot of people don't like them because they put all that talent there. But they're professional, they play hard, they play together. Their coaching staff has done a great job, so I have a tremendous amount of respect for them."
If Nash were to join the Heat, Miami could legitimately steal the title of Lob City from the LA Clippers.
Even though he said "I'm not coming back to the Suns if there isn't improvement," Heat fans might want to wait a sec before ordering a customized Nash Heat jersey.
Nash may be old, but he is still a premier point guard. He would probably start ahead of Mario Chalmers if he were to join the Heat next season.
This is all to say that Nash will have plenty of options, and if he does not feel like playing for a mid-level exception contract on the Heat, another team will surely offer him much more money.
On the other hand, Nash has earned over $120 million in salary over the course of his 16-year career.
Regardless, Nash continues to produce even at his advanced age. He is shooting 39% from three point range this season while averaging 11.2 assists per game, tops in the NBA. He is third in the league in true shooting percentage (62.7%), which gives extra weight to three-point attempts.
For now, Heat fans will have to dream.