Feb. 20, 2012; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash prior to the game against the Washington Wizards at the US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Wizards 104-88. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Yes, you read that headline correctly. As I'm sure most you have heard by now, the Phoenix Suns completed a sign-and-trade to send Steve Nash to their division rivals, according to ESPN's Marc Stein. Nash wanted to play for a contender while staying close to his kids in Phoenix. As a long time Steve Nash fan and Laker hater, I'm pretty disgusted -- but that's basketball.
This is only slightly related to the Cavaliers, but I thought I'd fill you in. As you may or may not know, in the trade that sent Ramon Sessions to the Lakers, the Cavaliers gained the ability to swap Miami's 2013 1st rounder with Los Angeles'. We all assumed that the Lakers would be on the decline and that Miami would have a better record than them. I still believe this to be the case, but it will likely be a smaller margin. In the Suns-Lakers trade, Los Angeles sent their 2013 first round pick to Phoenix (along with some other picks). To clarify, our ability to swap picks should not be altered in anyway. We'll simply be able to switch our pick (Miami's pick) with Phoenix's pick (Los Angeles' pick).
Also as a reminder, Ramon Sessions opted out of his deal with the Lakers and is now a free agent. So we traded a two month rental for a first round pick which we packaged to move up and get a skilled 7-footer (Tyler Zeller). Not a bad move on our part.
Now if you'll excuse me, I have to go puke while I imagine Steve Nash in a Lakers' jersey.