According to an ESPN report, Steve Nash met with representatives from the Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks on Sunday, the first day of NBA free agency, and the Raptors offered the 38-year-old point guard a three-year, $36 million deal.
The report also said Nash will meet Monday with the Brooklyn Nets, who are still attempting to re-sign unrestricted-free-agent point guard Deron Williams but might view Nash as a possible replacement if Williams signs elsewhere.
Nash made $12 million last season and has made it known that he is looking for a three-year deal, which the Raptors and GM Bryan Colangelo apparently agreed to in order to try to lure the future Hall of Famer to Canada, where Nash is a citizen.
It is believed that the Suns will offer Nash only a two-year deal. Although they have the cap flexibility to offer him a higher salary, it is unlikely that they would give Nash a raise for a multiyear contract as he approaches 40. The two-time MVP averaged 12.5 points and 10.7 assists (second in the NBA) last season.
In an interview with ESPN on Saturday, just before the opening of the free-agency period, Nash sounded as though a return to the Suns doesn’t look likely.
“I don’t necessarily feel like they’re determined to keep me,” Nash said of the franchise with which he’s spent the last eight seasons and won two MVP awards. “I think there’s a lot of factors. So, one, I’m not sure they’re determined to keep me; two, there’s other opportunities that are exciting. So I think I have to be open-minded.”
While the Suns have maintained that they would like to bring Nash back, they appeared to be preparing for his potential departure when they selected North Carolina point guard Kendall Marshall with the 13th pick in the draft Thursday.