I know, I know. He's old. He's only a rental at this point. He's not the mythical PGOTF. He's not our future. But just think for a second. Our only hope to get a starting pg for next year rely on either landing one of many restricted free agents (Dragic, Williams, etc.) or through a trade. Portland is almost certainly not going after a RFA because it would hinder our situation with Batum, and Dave's got a post explaining why. I'm also not entirely confident in our FO's ability to pull off a trade that would land us any kind of decent point guard either. We just haven't had that kind of reputation in quite some time.
So here's what I propose:
Sign Steve Nash this offseason and let him pick what coach he wants (if we don't have a gm that's done it yet). He seems like the type of player that would be willing to take a lower salary than expected to help the team grow so I'm thinking maybe $10-$12 million a year. Then draft Kendall Marshall with one of our picks. He may not be a great scorer, but the guy's game is basically a clone of Rajon Rondo's. He makes incredible passes, possesses great court vision, has really good size for a point guard at 6'4" 197lbs., and most importantly has the ability to control the flow of the game. Nash might be able to teach him a few things on shooting technique and when to shoot but he has a great drive and kick game that will bring out the monster in LMA and hopefully Batum as well (although I suspect Batum will only ever be a flick to the ear compared to LMA's knockout haymaker). Marshall's defense is suspect because he doesn't have the lateral quickness to defend other point guards but at with his size I can see him possibly moving over to defend the 2 or maybe 3 in a smaller lineup.
Nash could also help to develop N. Smith, who was pretty disappointing last year, hopefully into more adept of a passer.
Just an idea. Tell me what you think!