Jul 4, 2012 8:59 PM
The Los Angeles Lakers just lost out on getting Chris Paul just before last season, but it looks like they now have the point guard that turns them into a contender. They are now the West Coast superstar team to compete with the Miami Heat.
Multiple sources say the Suns have come to a deal to send Steve Nash to the Lakers.
First was John Gambadoro, a Phoenix area radio host who tweeted:
Nash to LA for multiple picks all but done!!!
ESPN's Marc Stein added this soon after:
Sources say Suns have consented to sign-and-trade Steve Nash to Lakers for package of future picks
Frank Isola, a New York Daily reporter we trust (and NBC Sports Network regular) tweeted this:
One of Steve Nash's close friends is convinced that he's ending up with the Lakers. So there's that. (Will they let him wear Wilt's No. 13)... I promise to listen to Steve Nash's friend from now on. He was saying Lakers all day.
Other sources have now confirmed this. We told you recently that the Lakers wanted to get in the Steve Nash sweepstakes. And you can see why the Lakers would want that - they have about a three-year window with Kobe Bryant, and you put Nash with Kobe and Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum and suddenly the Lakers are right there with the Heat (and the Thunder).
But it seemed like a long shot because we knew Suns fans would want to hang owner Robert Sarver in effigy. At least. And reports had the Raptors offering $12 million and the Knicks closing in on a deal.
However, it is a reality. Nash likely steps into the nearly $9 million trade exception the Lakers had from moving Lamar Odom a year ago.
And somewhere, Kobe Bryant is smiling.
(By: Kurt Helin Courtesy: NBC Sports)