Raptors prepared to offer Steve Nash $12 million a year
The landing spot for Steve Nash has been widely discussed now that the NBA season and draft have both come to a close. We’ve heard New York, we’ve heard Nash possibly looking to get a ring in Miami. However, it is the Toronto Raptors that appear ready to shell out the big bucks to land one of the most acclaimed point guards of this generation.
From Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated:
Their pitch to Nash will focus on his chance to return to his native Canada and dramatically help what the Raptors are building while becoming even more of a legend in his native country. Nash has extensive Raptors ties, among them his connections to former Suns GM Colangelo to his time with former Raptors coach and current Vice President of pro scouting Jay Triano, who worked with Nash on the Canadian Olympic team.
Sources confirmed that the Raptors are likely to offer a deal that pays approximately $12 million annually, though it remains to be seen whether it is for three guaranteed years or two years with a team option in the third season.
It is hard to envision Nash going to Toronto to close out his illustrious career, as it gives him virtually no chance to finally win a title before he retires. But, as Nash has said before, money equals respect in the NBA. We’ll see just how much money talks when we see what Nash decides.