Apparently the Knicks are desperate to sign the former MVP point guard and are in talks with the Phoenix Suns to make that happen. This will be especially crucial for the Knicks if they wind up losing Asian-American sensation Jeremy Lin to the Houston Rockets, which looks like a strong possibility.
The Suns are interested in young Knicks guard Iman Shumpert as the major compensation for giving up the perennial All-Star, but no deal has been reached yet.
A source told ESPN.com: “The Knicks don’t want to trade (Shumpert), but they will if they have to. They want Nash.”
If the Knicks and Suns can come to terms on a deal, the two-time MVP would receive a three-year contract in the $25 million range while Phoenix would receive Shumpert and a handful of cap-friendly contracts such as Toney Douglas, Josh Harrellson and Jerome Jordan.
Nash is also being pursued by the Toronto Raptors in Nash’s native Canada and the Dallas Mavericks, as are the Lakers—though Phoenix would have little interest in seeing Nash on the opposite side of the court against their division rivals.