Nash and Lakers together does not mean an automatic title
It was a difficult decision, but it was the right one. With the continued lack of championships within the Suns franchise, Steve Nash had to say goodbye to what had been his home for 8 years.
The Suns and Steve Nash had four separate postseason meetings and the Suns did not hint at any sort of contract that Nash would be interested, which lead Nash to believe that it was time for him to go. After notifying people that he was leaving the Suns, call after call came into his agent coming from numerous teams.
Through some self-convincing, Nash told himself that he was a Laker and that he would be happy with the decision. And, a few days later after being able to think about, he is happy. “It was a perfect fit for me moving forward,” he told ESPN. He is very family-oriented, and the fact that LA keeps him close to his kids was a big selling point as he says in a statement he released, “I approached [the owner and president of the Suns] and asked if they would be willing to do a sign and trade deal with L.A. because it is very important to me to stay near my children and family.” It took them a little convincing, but with first and second round draft picks in 2013, one second-rounder in 2014, and a first-rounder in 2015, the Suns complied.
With the Lakers being a team less oriented around draft picks, it was not a big deal to give those up.
But, with Nash’s old age and lack of defense, is he worth it? He will fill a needed position of point guard, and he is very team-oriented, which will help with the likes of Kobe Bryant on the team. There have been rumors that Nash and Bryant do not get along, but Nash assures us that they were only being competitive in the playoffs. He notes the fact that they were drafted in the same year helps their relationship.
The only real way to determine if it was worth it for both Nash and the Lakers is to watch and see if they can take down the Oklahama City Thunder and win a championship. Dwight Howard might help with that...