Even at 38 years old, Steve Nash remains one of the best point guards in the NBA. The Miami Heat are still desperately seeking a point guard who can ease the burden on LeBron James and Dwyane Wade.
While it would take a lot to actually get a deal done, Nash did not dismiss the idea when asked about it during an interview on The Dan Patrick Show on Thursday.
He said that if James were to call and ask him about coming to South Beach, he would "listen":
I love what they are doing there. Obviously, a lot of people don't like them because they put all that talent together. But they're professional, they play hard, they play together, and the coaching staff has done a great job.
It's not like Nash is saying that he is going to run to South Beach after the season is over, but the allure of winning will probably control where he plays next season.
There was some talk of Nash being traded before the deadline this year, because the Phoenix Suns are not going to the postseason. They are entering a rebuilding phase, and Nash is in the final year of his contract.
Nothing ever came of those rumors, but this offseason Nash will have a big decision to make. The Suns would love to have him back, obviously, but he will likely not be competing for a title with them anytime soon.
Bringing Nash to the Heat would not only make them even bigger title favorites than they have been for the last two years, but he would all but guarantee that they would become the next great dynasty in the NBA.
James and Wade need the ball to be effective, as does Nash, so it could be a big cluster that might turn some people off. But Nash would actually open up the offense more than it has been.
Nash wants to be a table-setter. He is going to put them in the best position possible to put the ball in the hoop. That will save their legs when they get to the postseason, which will make them more lethal.
Nash would have to take a major pay cut to play with the Heat. According to ESPN, they only have about $3 million to spend on free agents. That will likely be as much of a factor as winning in any decision Nash makes.
The Heat should pursue Nash as hard as they can and hope that he will take the bait, because the possibilities with him in Miami are endless.