“The Knicks are a great franchise and I live in New York City [in the summer],” said Nash, 38, a two-time Most Valuable Player award winner. “So I’d definitely consider them if they were interested.”
Prior to Nash’s comments, legendary Knicks point guard of yesteryear Walt Frazier urged the three-time All-NBA First Team selection to make a living in Gotham at a Samsung promotional appearance.
“We need you to come to New York,” said Frazier, 67, a Hall of Famer and member of the NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.
Amar’e Stoudemire, who flourished playing with Nash for six-seasons in Phoenix with the Suns, has long believed the South African-born Canadian would seriously contemplate New York as a permanent destination.
“Everyone knows that Steve loves New York and that New York loves Steve,” said Stoudemire, 29, a six-time All-Star and 2007 All-NBA First Team selection. “I love Steve. It would be great to have him here next year.”
Nash, who the Suns selected out of Santa Clara with the 15th pick in the 1996 NBA Draft, averaged 12.5 points and 10.7 assists per game this past season.
Despite weathering a tad, Nash is still an extremely capable ballplayer and the eight-time NBA All-Star has never won a crown in 16 professional seasons with the Suns and Dallas Mavericks.
Hence, it’s possible that the aging superstar would mull inking a deal with a talented squad that could help him capture an elusive Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy.
Complicating the courtship is the fact that 23-year-old playmaker Jeremy Lin will become a restricted free agent this summer.
Lin, who suffered a torn left meniscus in late-March that required season-ending surgery, averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 assists in 35-games as a Knick in 2012.
The Knicks will essentially be prevented from pursuing Nash if the players’ union loses the Asian-American phenomenon’s Bird Rights arbitration case.
However, if the union manages to emerge triumphant, New York will have the ability to ink Lin to a deal and use the $5 million exception to entice Nash to move east to the island of Manhattan.
A team consisting of Nash, Stoudemire, Lin, five-time All-Star Carmelo Anthony and Defensive Player of the Year Tyson Chandler could resemble the prizewinning 2011 Mavericks and genuinely compete to capture their first franchise title since 1973.
Nash has made a fortune on the hardwood since the Clinton Administration and money likely won’t determine the Canuck’s destination.
Therefore, despite earning less loot, Steve Nash could actually “live in New York City” and go on James Dolan’s payroll.by