Steve Nash has always wanted to work with the Lakers, but he was afraid the Phoenix Suns won’t let him go. On Wednesday, however, Nash’s dream came true because he signed a sign-and-trade deal with Los Angeles, says the Associated Press.
Steve Nash is a free agent, which is why he needed to obtain a sign-and-trade agreement in order to be able to play with the Los Angeles Lakers. Lucky for him, the Phoenix Sun was willing to give the two-time Most Valuable Player a helping hand. As a result, they talked with the Los Angeles team and set the grounds for a sign-and-trade deal.
Nash tried to obtain a different type of agreement, but the Lakers couldn’t afford to pay the 38-year-old free agent. Thanks to the deal they have made Lakers will pay $27 million for the contract. The Suns will also benefit from the trade. Based on the contract, they get the right to make four draft picks, first-rounders in 2013 and 2015 and second-rounders in 2013 and 2014.
The announcement that Steve Nash was going to leave to Los Angeles was first made public by his agent, at 9 p.m. on Wednesday. His statement was later on, confirmed by Nash who confessed that the Suns were very reluctant, so he had to work to convince the team to sign a deal with the Lakers. They weren’t impressed by the fact that Nash wanted to be close to his family, but by the numerous advantages that they got from the agreement. Phoenix obtained many assets that they wouldn’t have received if it hadn’t been for the valuable player; therefore, they agreed to help him make the move.
The 38-year-old MVP point guard is happy that he will team up with some of the best basketball players, such as, Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol. On the other hand, the Lakers will have a lot to win by joining forces with the former Phoenix player.