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Hollinger: Blazers Should Rent Suns G Steve Nash?

John Hollinger of ESPN.com (Insider) writes that the Portland Trail Blazers should consider renting Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash. ----------------------------- Nash is a free agent after the season and, as our Marc Stein noted earlier this year, his contract isn't extension-eligible. So any team trading for him would basically be taking him on as a rental. Who would do such a thing? Well, the Blazers might. Portland has been undone by uneven backcourt play so far this year, something that obviously would change the second Nash showed up. And they have the perfect pieces to put into a deal. Raymond Felton has an expiring contract of his own that nearly matches Nash's, which means the deal basically comes down to prospects. Portland can offer two young guards -- Nolan Smith and Elliot Williams -- and possibly a future draft pick, as well. This may seem like small change for a player of Nash's caliber, but again, it's just a half-season rental, and I'm not sure the Suns will get any better offers than this. A year ago they might have been able to do nearly the same deal except with Nicolas Batum coming back; that isn't happening now. ----------------------------- Bill Simmons of Grantland.com -- also known as "The Sports Guy" -- predicted the Blazers would land Nash in a December column. -- Ben Golliver | benjamin.golliver@gmail.com | Twitter
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