Steve Nash eyes free agency

Steve Nash

Credit: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns looks on during the NBA game against the Los Angeles Lakers at US Airways Center on February 19, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Suns defeated the Lakers 102-90.

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by Collin Fleming

azfamily.com

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 30 at 4:01 AM

PHOENIX -- With free agency set to begin on Sunday, all eyes are on Phoenix Suns franchise player Steve Nash.

"There are going to be a lot of different levels of opportunity," Nash told ESPN Radio 98.7 New York on Monday. "On the winning spectrum, or on the financial spectrum, or the environment of the organization. You know it is going to be interesting and Phoenix is still a part of that."

The Phoenix Suns will embrace the opportunity to have Nash back on the Suns. However, their concentration is currently centered on Thursday’s draft.

“We are focused on the pool we have in front of us with the draft,” Suns General Manager Lance Blanks told the media Monday. “If you look at last year or even two to three days ahead of us, we have to be careful with that. If you don’t make the right decision on Thursday, that is going to affect you negatively going forward.”

The two-time league MVP will have plenty of options once free agency begins. There are reports that the Miami Heat, New York Knicks and even the Los Angeles Lakers are showing interest in Nash.

“How many guys around the world wouldn’t love to play for these franchises you named?” Nash said about playing for these marquee teams. “Everything sounds great in theory, but when you get down to it, who is really interested, what are they really offering and where are they really going?”

However, donning the Lakers' purple and gold would not be an easy transition for the eight-time NBA All-Star.

“For me, I’m a bit old-school, it would be hard to put on a Lakers jersey,” Nash said. “You know, you play against them so many times in the playoffs. I kind of have that tendency, but as a free agent you have the chance to go wherever you want.”

Wherever the 16-year veteran decides to sign, there is no question that team will get their money’s worth.

“I still think I’m an elite point guard,” Nash said. “I still feel like I can do it. I know I can do it. But I feel good. I feel like I can go for another three years at a high level and even make some improvements here and there.”

As a result, Nash wants to be paid accordingly, as well as be in contention for a title.

“I want to win a championship at all costs, but that can be difficult,” Nash said. “I would like to be validated monetarily. Our business, in a lot of ways, money represents respect. I just think it is one of those things where you can’t forgo money all the time. It is going to be a fascinating week come Sunday.”
  

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