Over at ESPN, Marc Stein has some off-season “chatter” for all to read. The main focus is on what could happen to Steve Nash and Jason Kidd this summer. The Blazers get name-dropped like a professional athlete out of the mouth of a dumb blonde groupie:
“Portland, Golden State, Toronto, New York and Houston are five teams we know of that are either readying or contemplating bids for Nash, with the Blazers listed first not only because of their interest in a push-the-pace veteran leader but because they could furnish Phoenix with multiple youngsters — Jerryd Bayless and Travis Outlaw, just to name two for starters — if the Suns decide they want to start over.”
Now take a deep breath, calm down and relax because a couple lines later Stein reminds us that Steve Kerr is not letting Steve Nash go. Kerr: “I have no interest in trading him”. Kind of kills the buzz right? But just seeing those words in bold above kind of make pursuing Nash more of a reality than I had really thought about before. Is it already time to start debating if Steve Nash would work? I’m definitely sitting right on the fence about Steve Nash becoming a Blazer. For one, it still seems like such a longshot as I imagine with the hiring of Alvin Gentry and the committment to keeping things fast, Phoenix will want to keep Nash as long as possible. Also, I’m only down for getting Nash if it’s at the right price. And if you pull out your handy-dandy Trade Machine, you’ll see that it’s pretty tough right now being unable to trade any of the free agents. Either way Portland is going to have to give up something significant unless they can get sign-and-trade Channing Frye. I just ended up giving up Outlaw, Bayless, Webster and Blake for Nash and wanted to vomit.
Stein also had this to say about Portland’s chances with Jason Kidd:
“But I’ve been advised that Portland — with a decent amount of cap space to burn and its interest in veteran floor leadership established above when we got into Nash — has to be on the list of potential Kidd suitors as well.”
So we could be on the list for Jason Kidd, although the rest of the part about him makes it sound like he’s more than likely going to stay. I guess this adds some credibility to Blazer fans speculation about Kidd possibly coming here, but really it does not add much else.
And bonus coverage, my favorite crazy old man Sam Smith had this to say after pitching the fact that the Bulls and Blazers should make a deal for Hinrich:
“…the talk is the Trail Blazers will sign the 76ers Andre Miller as a free agent.”
So, we’re definitely not signing Andre Miller.