Posted March 29, 2012

Steve Nash: No Return To Suns This Summer ‘If There Isn’t Improvement’

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Steve Nash has always been loyal to the Phoenix Suns, perhaps even to a fault. But in a radio interview today, the longtime Suns point guard indicated he might leave Phoenix in free agency this summer if the team doesn’t make a better effort to build a winning team.

“I definitely do want to win,” Nash said on the Dan Patrick Show today. “I’m not going to come back to the Suns if there isn’t an improvement, if they’re not ambitious and they’re not looking to upgrade the roster seriously.”

Nash has been running the point in Phoenix for most of his career — the Suns drafted him in 1996 with the No. 15 overall pick, nurtured him for two seasons, then reacquired him from the Dallas Mavericks via free agency in 2004. Numerous times in recent years, there’s been speculation about the Suns getting rid of Nash and rebuilding, but Nash has always remained optimistic about winning in Phoenix.

“They’ll have a lot of flexibility in free agency,” Nash said of the Suns’ future plans. “I think they’ve been standing pat so they can do some things this summer. I think they’ll become a definite possibility for me, but I do want to win and I do want to consider all my options.”

Nash, who turned 38 last month, is currently leading the NBA with 11.2 assists per game; it’s the sixth season in the last eight he’s topped the league in that category. He’s got the Suns at a very competitive 25-26 this season, very much alive in the race for the Western Conference playoffs.