They say home is where the heart is and in the case of Steve Nash, home is Canada. That’s why the Raptors are apparently on his short list of teams he wishes to bring his services to as he rides into the twilight of his career.
The Chicago Bulls do not make an appearance on the aforementioned list.
Instead Nash has supposedly named three teams including the Toronto Raptors as places he’d like to finish his career. The other two destinations are the Phoenix Suns (obviously) and the Portland Trailblazers (not so obviously).
Well actually the Blazers are pretty obvious of a choice if you follow Nash’s personal life at all. Nash is a gigantic soccer fan (or football as it’s none to a few of our readers) and he actually owns a stake in the ownership of the MLS branded Vancouver Whitecaps and had the Sonics still been in existence he no doubt would have had them on his list.
This shortlist of Nash’s isn’t stopping rumors that he’ll end up elsewhere. There is still a good chance that Nash ends up in Chicago, as the Bulls provide him with the best route to winning the all elusive ring he is chasing.
New York is also in on Nash as there have been numerous rumors floating around about Nash listening to offers from the Knicks as well. But just about anyone that gives Steve Nash a call will have his attention. The soon to be 17 year veteran can improve just about any team he signs for and there are plenty of teams outside the five mentioned that could use him.
The Miami Heat very well could gut their bench to get the point guard in South Beach but now that they have their ring it seems the fangs of Pat Reilly have retracted a bit.
However of the five teams that have been and are in the running for Nash, the Bulls honestly have the least sentiment to offer. Phoenix has been Nash’s home his entire NBA career, Canada is his home country, Portland is close to his MLS franchise in Vancouver and New York is home to friend and former teammate Amare Stoudemire.
But now that the Knicks have won the Bird rights to Jeremey Lin and Steve Novak the possibility that Nash head to the Big Apple is slim.
Bottom line is if you were betting the farm that Nash’s only option was Chicago then you were dead wrong. In fact Nash has three better, albeit less ascetically sexy, options available.
It’s essentially the high school equivalent of the dorky kid getting the cheerleader despite the fact her and the quarterback are a genetic match. Sometimes things just go the little guys way.
In this case, it means don’t count on Nash coming to Chicago just yet.