Free agent point guard is on his two the city of angels to play with the Lakers via a sign and trade from the Phoenix Suns.
The Suns who will receive four draft picks, first rounders in 2013 and 2015 and second rounders in 2013 and 2014 along with the Lakers trade exception. This move would seem to put the Suns in an okay position to rebuild their team, allowing them to have multiple picks for the next few years which gives them the flexibility to move up in the draft and/or draft players that slide to them late in the first round.
For the Lakers this gives them a floor general they haven’t had since Gary Payton and will allow Kobe to play off the ball more. While many will question if Kobe is willing to relinquish some of the ball handling responsibility, look at it this way. Kobe likes people who are strong minded, and won’t back down to him. If there’s one thing we know about Nash, he’s nobody’s punk, and that shouldn’t change. Furthermore, considering Kobe made the push to get him on the team, there’s no reason to think that Kobe isn’t willing to adjust, even for his own selfish purposes of attaining his 6th championship.
This move also helps Andrew Bynum, Pau Gasol and Mike Brown. How you ask; you now have another leader besides Kobe. It was well known that when Derek Fisher was there, Kobe was bad cop, getting on his teammates, leading with an iron fist. While Fisher would be the nurturing one to bring up your spirits once Kobe pounded you into the ground. Nash can be the yin to Kobes’ yang and considering he’s only known some of these guys from afar, he doesn’t have any preconceived notions about who or what they are.
All in all I think this move works out for both teams, the Suns get draft picks to help their rebuild and the Lakers get a point guard who can help them make another title run.
For Laker fans here’s what you can expect to see for the next season, courtesy of RHurstDesigns.