Friday, July 6, 2012

Grading the Deal: Steve Nash traded to the Lakers


The biggest turn around this offseason has been the Steve Nash talks, which started with the star heading to the big apple only to have been dealt to the Lakers, taking twitter by storm. No one saw this coming and kudos to the Lakers for making it happen. Here is a breakdown of the trade:
Los Angeles Lakers receive: Steve Nash 3yrs/ $27 million


Phoenix Suns receive: 1st round picks (2013 & 2015), 2nd round picks (2013 & 2014)

Los Angeles Lakers

Grade: A-

Hard to not love this move for the Lakers who will finally get a play making point guard. They gave up a couple of first round draft picks, which will be late first rounders for the Suns. The one problem with this trade is it doesn’t solve the defensive inefficiency of Steve Nash that is now the Lakers problem. Nash has never played on a good defensive squad but maybe the Lakers can hide his defensive problems the same way Boston does with Ray Allen. – Jacob Noble

Grade: A

The Lakers get a PG they need to run and spread the offense, so Nash is really a no brainer for them. The defense, and the other issue's are still there, but that's for another day. The Lakers can't be blamed for upgrading their team. – Nate Hughart

Grade: A

The Lakers are not a rebuilding franchise. They consistently must be great in free agency, move draft picks, and put their teams in possession to win championships. That combined with Kobe Bryant warming up for his fight with father time, and the Lakers have recognized that their window is closing. The Lakers typically don't play their draft picks significant minutes, if retaining them on the roster at all.

Great move for the Lakers that keeps them in the NBA finals discussion, gets Kobe some easy shots and the ability to allow the game to come to him, and ultimately gives Gasol the ability to be a part of the offense from a pick and roll perspective. This was a great job by the Lakers. – Ray Harris

Grade: A- 

"Lakers do not rebuild, they retool .. " Lakers do it, yet again. Kings of free agency 'per se'. They acquire one of the top point guards in the league without sacrificing any of their assets. They gave up first rounders for next few years but essentially those picks will fall in the 24-30 range, none of which will help the Lakers now. They get the point guard needed to run this offense and Nash easily extends Kobe's shelf life another year or two. He is obviously a liability on defense but if the two bigs behind him are kept intact, they will mask that deficiency.  - Jerome Watson

Grade: B+

I was excited about it at first and then realized it's not 2005. Nash is still a GREAT player, but he is aging and we all know the numbers can fall very fast (i.e. Allen Iverson). Nash should give Kobe something he has never had in his career, which is a great point guard. Derek Fisher has always been a good-to-serviceable point guard, but never on Nash's level. Nash will make Andrew Bynum an even better center, and at the same time, he will abuse teams with on the pick and roll with Pau Gasol. This is all assuming this team stays as is and it won't. Expect Grant Hill to follow Nash to the Lakers. The negative aspect age and a dump in defense. - Payton Wales

Phoenix Suns

Grade: B

Can you really blame the Suns here? This trade is a few years too late but at least they received four draft picks for their one and only remaining star. The Suns will now move into full out rebuilding mode. What they do with their draft picks will ultimately determine their final grade on this deal. – Jacob Noble

Grade: A

As far as the Suns are concerned, given they got back some draft picks, albeit most likely low 1st and 2nd round picks, and they didn't take back any salary given the trade exception coming back for Nash. While there wasn't any ideal way to move on from Nash, this is as good as Phoenix could have hoped for in any realistic scenario. – Nate Hughart

Grade: B

Phoenix didn't do a horrible job here. They gathered first and second round picks that will certainly help any team in a rebuilding state. The reason their grade isn't any higher for me, is because these picks will not amount to much by themselves. Phoenix has to take these picks and move up the draft in the coming years for this move really to blossom. It remains to be seen if they are willing or are capable of doing this, but if they do, they may be able to rebuild with young, and athletic talent around Beasley and Marshall. – Ray Harris

Grade: B 

I understand the longterm effect of this trade but Im more concerned with the current state of the franchise. They lose their franchise player and selected Marshall to run the show. They barely missed the playoffs last year and with this current roster they are even further away from it. I get that the collection of draft picks could become trade bait but if they dont strike a deal somewhere down the line to move up then those late round draft picks will not be beneficial. Phoenix got a good deal given Nash could've walked away but they have to make the most out of it. - Jerome Watson

Grade: A

The Suns are rebuilding, and though the Lakers' picks will more than likely be low, they are still picks. They are tradeable and useable in the future. Also, who doesn't like some cash, right? The Suns are rebuilding and trying to get younger. This will do it. - Payton Wales

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