I know I am a stubborn bastard but I think we need to discuss the Steve Nash trade I proposed recently. I mentioned the trade to my wife (not a Clipper fan) and she mentioned that this might be just the thing she needs to watch the games with me. Steve Nash is not just a phenomenal PG, he is also a very popular person. He represents all the underdogs in this world and tells them that anyone can be the best with effort and determination. As a player, captain and representative of the Clippers he might actually get the fans back in their seats. Without crowd energy the Clippers will never get over the hump. Barons unprofessional attitude is losing us fans every day. We need Nash and we should do whatever it takes to get him.
As a player, Steve will allow us to effectively evaluate Dunleavy. Lets face facts – who here can blame Dunleavy for a complex style when Baron is unable to run it? Who can blame Baron, when Dunleavys style is so complex? If Steve Nash is unable to fulfill Dunleavys vision, we can safely place the blame on Dunleavys shoulders.
He will also bring us clutch plays and solid passes to actually bring out the best in our talented team. A true leader both on the floor and in the locker room. A guy that just doesn’t understand how to slack off – or lose for that matter. Think about the effect Chauncey Billups has had on Denver. We need that.
With Jason Richardson now on Phoenix, we will have some serious support to make this trade. If Phoenix really wants to move Nash, who better to replace him than Baron? It is a trade where everybody wins. Furthermore, Phoenix is in luxury tax territory about $4M over the threshold. A trade of Nash ($12.2M) and Barbosa ($6.1M) for Baron Davis ($11.3M), Jason Hart ($2.5M), Brian Skinner ($1.3M) and a pick would probably work for both teams. It would also bring Phoenix within spitting distance of the luxury tax and could save them millions. I think they would pull the trigger on this one. Give Nash the rest of the year to understand the team and see what we can do next year. If it works, we resign Nash and if not he expires at the end of next year and can be traded or left to walk. Truly a trade that helps both teams. Let’s make it happen.