Sigh…

I don’t have time for a full post but wanted to spread the news here. According to multiple sources, including Woj and Stein and his agent, Steve Nash has agreed to a 3yr/25M extension, to be sign-and-traded to the Lakers. The Suns will receive $3M cash, 2013 & 2015 1st round picks, a pair of 2nd rounders, and Nash will fit into the Lamar Odom trade exception.

Nash’s agent says Nash was deciding in earnest between NY/TO until the Lakers and Kobe made a late push.

Sorry this is so brief/thin/empty but this is all the time I have this evening and I wanted us to have something up.

And please, no Nash hate…sounds like he was legitimately considering T.O., but Lakers can offer strong financial package, better chance at competing, and proximity to his children in Phoenix. No hate, no vitriol…it sucks for us, but it’s a completely understandable decision on his part.

Your move, BC.

  • Jeffcowie

    Aaaaaaaahhhhh! Who’s next?

    • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

      Ooooh, L-A, Cal-i-for-ni-aaaaa…………

      Who really wants to play with Bargnani & for BC unless he overpays them?lmfao

      Who was BC bidding against w/ LFields?smdh

      Another bonehead move to add to BC’s TDot resume’…

      BC is going to blow all this precious cap space like a crack addict in a crack spot- oh please, oh please, oh please just give me just 1 more hit.

      • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

        Time to try and sign: JNelson (my 1st choice), ABrooks (my 2nd choice), GDragic (3rd choice), RFelton (4th), JLin (5th) or trade for Lowry.

        Because if Jose is the starting pg for the Rap’s next season……..

        • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

          Arash Markazi ‏@ArashMarkazi Sources have told http://ESPN.com that Steve Nash will try to convince Grant Hill to join him with the Lakers.

          • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

            BC lost out on Nash and bypassed Scare in the draft…..

            Now the Lakers have both and BC got LFields…..for 19 million over 3 years.

            BC has bad karma……..ever since firing Sam prematurely.

            This is the Toronto Raptors not the Toronto Bargnanis.

            • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

              **Sacre

              • Ardefen

                38 yr old point guard not coming to the raptors. We’ll all be thanking our lucky stars when he goes downhill or rapidly out with some ailment or other.

        • hater

          jameer nelson, brooks, and lin are all scrubs. wake tf up.

        • Brian B

           nothing wrong with Jose. no point upgrading if Landry Fields is our top signing.

    • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

      Where the fuck was Stefanski at to tackle BC when he went to call Fields agent????

      • BCStefanskiCaseyGots2Go!!!

        BC could have went after Batum…oh wait he won’t play in the TDot either because of some things that happened with the Raptors when he was being drafted….smh

    • raptorpoo

      Nash used BC like a cheap whore… OUCH~

      and screwed the raps in the process with Fields.

      This is so pathetic I laugh in BCs face. Last year of his contract.. if he can make it to the end of the year

      • raptorpoo

        He thought he was the one doing the screwing but he took that one like an absolute champ~

        What was he thinking going after Nash in the first place? Save his ass from getting fired no doubt. Especially after a retarded draft.

        What are we? Rebuilding or contending? You’re retarded if you can do both at the same time~

  • http://www.facebook.com/Anuson.W Anuson W

    No i am going to be completely irrational… SCREW U NASH… K i feel bttr, good luck nash hopefully youll get that ring and retire in style

    • FAQ

      Nash wasn’t coming to Toronto even if BC offered him $45 Million…!!!

      • Bendit

        Dolan woulda offered him 50….but alas he couln’t…capitis took hold…yuk yuk

    • Mapko

      Was not just the ring. Much closer to EX & kids.

  • Balls of Steel

    No hate here. They tried and it didn’t work out. Kinda relieved in some sense. Now, on to Lowry and Dragic… Unless of course, BC’s done.

    • FAQ

      Stick a fork into him… he’s done….LOL

      • FLUXLAND

        FAQ, c’mon BC is not done.

        The Kool Aid drunks will chalk this up as the old college try and it’s not his fault he can’t attract US FAs…err, wait… not his fault the rest of the NBA teams have assembled far more lucrative rosters, those GMs had far better luck than our boy BC.  But he’s still the master when it comes to clearing cap space and putting us in position year after year to attract the top FAs around the L.. wait..ummm… yeah so his suits are pretty cool and he got rid of that Turk contract right? I mean at least we know when he f up he can dig himself out of a hole.

        Ahhh f it…read that ZanTabak piece of work on ther right.. those kids bath in the Kool Aid.  I thought Bleacher Report was on that crack.. but damn!

        • Destro

          Nope hes going back to rebuilding this off season,so i fully expect a run at Ray Allen and Grant Hill next…

          • FLUXLAND

            You know what?  I thought Grant Hill was next if he nabbed Nash, but we have the worst medical staff in the NBA, I don’t think any dudes that need constant attention are willing to gamble it.

            Rebulding..lol.. building, re tooling…establishing new cultures verbally and going after players that don’t fit it…gotta love it, BC should have been a lawyer or Nortel accountant.

    • Mapko

      Personally Dragic or Lowry are much better choices (in BOTH cases ONLY if we can do it without having to amnesty Jose);
      Nelson, Felton & Lin -PLEEEEEEASE!
      Flynn? -Not sure.

      • NyAlesund

         Nelson? Jesus……….
        Felton, forwhat. To replace Calderon? C’mon. If we have to trade JC we have to do it for someone better than him, nor bad.

    • Destro

      lol @ BC offering Dragic 4 yrs 45 mil

    • NyAlesund

      Dragic has signed 4 year deal with Suns. So, now we “have” a chance to convince Lowry to join us. Percentage of successful =0.

  • Toshmon

    Can they pull that fields offer?

    • mountio

      We should be pulling is ASAP if its at all possible (ppl have suggested that it is .. but Im not sure its been confirmed)

      • Nilanka15

        I would trade Weeks for simply the opportunity to rescind the Fields offer….

      • Nilanka15

        It’s only a verbal agreement. I doubt the NBA considers it “binding”.

        • 2damkule

          TOR *can* rescind the offer (and fields can do the same), but it won’t happen.

          • ghost

            Turk rescinded the offer from Portland before coming to Toronto.

            • Balls of Steel

              Players can rescind but it’s bad practice for organizations to rescind. Agents remember that very well.

              • ghost

                Agreed.

              • mountio

                like players / agents hold the raps in high regard (other than as a place to get overpaid??). Who gives a shit . id pull it ..

    • cdub

      If the right situation came along they might do it…..but it looks really bad…think back to when Jordan pulled the plug on that trade with the raps…that kinda unprofessional bad.

      • guest

        Stopping a trade is different than rescinding an offer.  Rescinding an offer ruins your credibility to work with agents and if they have problems getting free agents it will just make it worse if they do something like that.  Landry will play in Toronto because he certainly will not change his mind because no one else is going to pay him that.

  • RapsM

    Plan B from BC: Overpay someone else (dragic).

  • Jumpping

    I would have liked Snash here but its probably for the better..good luck in LA Nash..Kobe!
    K what now for raptors? I say stay away from LIN..I’m not black but i think we should get a Black point guard no offence meant to anyone just saying..

    • mountio

      I dont really care what race our PG – but Please, please, please no J Lin (although I guess any offer to him will look like a bargain compared to Fields) .. ugggh ..

    • Bendit

      Just to make a point here…how many black or white mvp point guards have there been in the L over the last 50-60 years?

      • Destro

        How many blk or white mvp pg’s have never played in ONE finals game..*grin*

        • CJT

          D Rose! Thats who!

          • 2damkule

            reading comprehension, FTW!!!!

            • cesco

              Rose and Nash never played in the NBA finals .

          • Destro

            D Rose fucked ur bitch during his last visit here….GOOD !

    • Nilanka15

      I’m guessing Knicks match any Lin offer.

    • FAQ

      How about Dragic and a can of black shoe polish..??!!!

  • http://twitter.com/alexhaggispinch alex brett

    Silver Lining: We can now spend that cash on a player that isn’t 38. Nash would have been great, but missing out is not the end of the world.

  • ad

    You know what, THIS I can understand. If he wound up in NYK I would be pretty pissed just because Im not sure the knicks offer a better chance of a title with him than the raps do. However, this was definitely his most appealing chance for a title and good $ too. Its not his fault the raps are a a pathetic organization with a losing culture. Part of the reason being, blowing cap space on landry Fields when its clear they need more elite talent and not mediocrity. (Thank you,BC)

  • Webcrawler89

    I’m happy for Nash, I’m happy for the Lakers, I’m happy for Phoenix, but most of all…I’m HAPPY for Toronto. Why? Because Nash coming here would have been a waste of cap space for us. He only has at most 3 good years left, no reason for him to come here and provide us with “veteran presence” when we don’t even have a core team set, or any sort of basketball culture. Him coming here would have kept us in a perpetual state of low-mediocrity, and it would have been another “Free Agent looking for a cash-grab at the end of his career” thing. I guarantee you fans would’ve booed him in Toronto if he didn’t take us to the playoffs this year (which he wouldn’t have anyways, not with the team we have yet). So I’m glad. Let’s get Goren Dragic or Kyle Lowry, or some other young point guard, and let’s hope Nash can finally get a ring with Kobe.

    • ghost

      Agree 100%

    • Dan

       Goran Dragic signed with the Suns. Unless the Rockets can sign Lin or another starting point guard I don’t see them trading Lowry. The only part of Nash to the Lakers I don’t like is just last week Nash said he couldn’t see him self signing with his biggest rival the Lakers. He would rather beat them. He tried to put himself above stars like Lebron and Carmelo with that statement and then did it anyway. That is the only part of his signing that will lower my opinion of him.

  • Dagon

    Clearly he was never considering Toronto. He took way less to go to the Lakers. 

    • KuH

      No, he took a 30% pay cut to stay near his ex and their kids (8 yr old twin girls and a 2 yr old boy).

      • rus

        Phoenix is near LA? ahhh, 573 klicks doesn’t qualify as near to me. Closer than Toronto, lol, sure, but “near”….i don’t think so

        • 2damkule

          c’mon, man…even if his kids are actually in PHX (which i doubt), it’s not like he’d be biking b/w LA & PHX…it’s a quick flight.

          • ghost

            “which I doubt”…like he gives a fuck about what you think!

            • 2damkule

              uh, the point of KuH’s post was that nash chose LA because it was close to his kids, to which rus responded that PHX wasn’t really ‘near’ LA, to which i responded that i didn’t think his ex (and his kids) were even in PHX (i thought she was in LA already), and that even if they were in PHX, it’s a quick flight to LA.

              • ghost

                Cool!

        • CJT

          Montreals the same distance from t.o. and its a 40 minute flight.

          • rus

            less than an hour ok, but all factors it’s probably 3-4 hours door to door. Where as YYZ to LA is around 7-8 hours door to door

            perhaps nitpicking but come on, is that a huge difference. To me they both aren’t near…

            So my main point is the kids and Ex weren’t driving forces to sign in LA….

            Toronto’s roster vs LA’s was the driving force, the kids and ex are throw ins to keep a nice image….

            If he truly considered them factor, he would either move them or stay in Phoenix.

        • Mapko

          La-Phoenix is less than one hour flight.

      • The Rub

        The 2 year old’s not his, that’s why she’s his ex. She gave birth to a black baby. Womp womp womp.

        • rus

           serious? link, proof

          • cesco

             Something is fishy when you serve divorce papers to your spouse right after your? baby is born . However he may have started cheating first and she may have retaliated .

            • cesco

               Oh , I forgot , South American women are passionate , do not , repeat do not , plead tiredness in bed with them .

        • 2damkule

          you do know she’s south american, right?

        • AB7.38pt.on.CB4

          What do you know, you fuck dumb idiot. STFU

    • Destro

      He didnt take way less IN FACT he used the Raptors to get NY and LA to up there number…

      • ghost

        STFU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        • Destro

          go wash ur ass Timmy…

      • Mapko

        Are you sure it was not done together with BC as a thank you to Nash for making BC look like a genius in Phoenix?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dwayne-Connolly/865215598 Dwayne Connolly

    He grew up here and had a chance to further impact kids and the sport in Canada… even more then he already did. Everyone from the east to west would own a Nash jersey. He gave this up for LaLa land. If you go to an already stacked roster and win a ring, it’s not same. The guys loaded already, and he had a chance to be an icon. Not only did he not sign with the Raptors, he strung them along, which puts us in a horrible position. 

    • Jumpping

      umm..he didn’t string the raptors on..have you been following BC already knew he wasn’t coming..the report said he took this deal to be closer to his kids in bc..I will still get a nash jersey only now I can get it of a team i actually like..Lakers&raptors fav teams.. if that kid is your’s you should understand..raptors raptors..bc sucks?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dwayne-Connolly/865215598 Dwayne Connolly

        Boooo, however I’m glad we may go after Lowry now. Hopefully BC stays away from the other available PGs, Calderon’s a superior PG and he’s been a great Raptor. 

      • Destro

        UMM he most certainly DID..if you heard his interviews saw his quotes during this process and now you see WHY so he could manipulate a better contract from NY or LA….

        • 2damkule

          how very un-free-agent-like of him…

          • Destro

            Its different in this case because of the circumstances being canadian and the Raptors…eben tho i was against it i understand it….oh well looking forward to the pro BC crew to holler about how the rebuild can now continue with this out the way lol….

            • 2damkule

              i get where you’re coming from…there’s no doubt a ‘connection’ that many fans would like to believe exists b/w nash & the raptors based on his nationality & his position with the nat. team (certainly, BC was counting on it…well, that & a boatload of $$$).

              and i too am interested to see where a now-spurned BC will go next…he’s not exactly the type to take a beating, and go quietly back to his corner to intelligently reassess his position.  i’m guessing he’s coming out like yosemite sam.

              • sleepz

                +1

                and that is usually the time and circumstances when ‘Ron Mercer’ type deals get done.

            • Dane

              don’t cry dude…little Stevie Nash isn’t coming to Toronto, eh! GO LAKERS!

              • Destro

                I railed against Nash coming here from the beginning…

              • rus

                 why do you post on a Raptor’s fan page with GO LAKERS, seriously?

    • RaptorFan

      He’s already an Icon….BC went all in

  • cdub

    well at least he went to the lakers.  thats a bit easier to swallow as him playing on that team makes them legit contenders.  that wasn’t going to be the case with the knicks.

    • RapthoseLeafs

      Yes,
      I would’ve felt different about Nash, if he had gone to the Knicks.
      With New York – Melo style resembled the proverbial spinning mouse cage, going nowhere fast. But doing it in style. The big city represented pomp and circumstance – to which I saw Nash as above that.
      .

      Granted …. jumping in with a potential Champion – even without Steve in the mix – kinda has that questionable taste to it. 

      However …. wanting a championship (and actually having the right parts), is an allure any one of us would succumb to. New York had no such thing.
      .

      I will – unlike some – continue to think of Steve as Captain Canada. A remarkable player, gifted beyond just the stats. One who carries himself well, whether it be the one eyed monster during a play-off run – or simply as a classy guy. Steve Nash is a player who represents what sports is all about. Canadian or not.

      But he is Canadian. And playing a sport invented by a Canadian. Unfortunately, as history mimics itself, the real magic is happening in the States.
      .

      I’d wish Nash good luck.
      Not just because its’ the right thing to do, but because it represents our chance to see Lakers kick Miami’s butt.

      Am I cheering for a fellow Canadian, who has spurned us for a Championship …. over  a fellow Raptor who has spurned us for a Championship?

      Why not.

      Although to be honest … this kinda sounds like a threesome, where you find yourself left out.
      wtf …. no championship for me?

      lol
      .

  • Bendit

    Good sentiments there. Good on Steve all around. We just have to move on and try harder/make wiser choices. I get the feeling BC may not have given enough weight to his personal/familial needs nor managed expectations.

  • Balls of Steel

    The Landry Fields signing conference / meet n’ greet will be super awkward. I can see Matt Devlin pulling out some serious “knock, knock” jokes just to ease the tension. I’m looking forward to BC’s spin on this one.

    • Milesboyer

      L. Fields is $5mil per/yr for the first two years which is reasonable for his talent level and $9mil in the last year which is a tradeable expiring contract.  I don’t think his signing is as bad as some people do.  Raps needed “some” help at SF (which he can play, naysayers aside) and options were limited.  Batum for $10-$12mil/yr ? ….no thanks.

      • Mapko

        Agreed.
        A tad overpaid yes, but lets face it -Fields is very young & has not reached the peak yet.
        I am convinced Knicks will match, so it is pointless.

        • 2damkule

          wager?

  • 2damkule

    pretty sure fluxland’s head has either imploded or exploded…

    • FLUXLAND

      LOL.  Im numb I tell ya. I refuse to accept Kobester condoned this.
       
      You know what?  I don’t get this from a Kobe POV. 

      From D Fish to Nash? How does he think this helps him get to the Finals and winning?
      Westbrook is gonna run circles around Nash before they even get to the dance.
       
      Also,  throughout the years he’s displayed such a distaste for PHX and seemingly Nash for punking him of those 2 MVPs, just seems odd we are all chums now.  Maybe it was just he was using it as Jordanfuel and now chalks up as a writer mistake.

      I dunno, the last Nash kid is not his.. didn’t  Raja Bell get up in that? Maybe their hate for Raja brought them together.

      Either way, Jim is slowly destroying that franchise, if he lets go of Pau,  I’m officially done.  

      • 2damkule

        i dunno…lotta tweets out there basically saying it was kobe who was pushing hard for him…and recruiting him.  to me, it’s a smart move for kobe…it’ll take some of the ball-handling/iso-creating he’s had to take on due to *cough* lack of quality PG play.  it should help him get the most out of his body, playing off the ball more.  it’ll also help involve bynum/gasol in the offense more.  whether that’s something kobe can live with remains to be seen.  5 years ago, i wouldn’t think a kobe/nash pairing could work, simply because both NEEDED the ball in their hands to be effective.  now?  i can see each being more willing to take a step back from that…nash giving up the ball earlier in the clock to let kobe work, but kobe also willing to let nash run PnR’s with gasol, and being more of a spot-up shooter/cutter/trailer.

        hear ya re. jimmy…gotta think that this deal happened in spite of him, not because of him.

        oh, is bell the latest rumour?  wasn’t it barbosa?

        • Bendit

          Having a giggle with the TMZ stuff? His wife is Nicaraguan or Colombian or…  and the gene pool can work any which way. Might that be possible ya think? If you dont have a dna test ….

        • FLUXLAND

          Well put, Kobe is willing to give up the ball as long he feels it’s in the right hands.  And yeah, I hope it means more Gasol offense.. can they please just get back to that and run it through him.  I love Andrew but he needs to accept the pecking order and let Pau do the damn thing.

          I think Barbosa was a misdirect.. who knows, def not his though.

          • sleepz

            You don’t think Bynum has earned more touches now than Pau?

            He gets quite beastly on those blocks when they feed him consistently.

            • FLUXLAND

              It’s such a tough call when you have two talented bigs like that, but for my money, based on experience and overall ball IQ you simply have to go with Pau. They did win two rings with Pau above him in the pecking order, after all.

              Just doesn’t seem he sees the court and his teams as well as Pau when he gets set down there.

              If you could only instill Drew’s demeanor into Pau, you’d have a monster. A monster!!

            • 2damkule

              on the block, perhaps, but he’ll never be the offensive threat from 3ft & out that pau is.  pau has great hands, beautiful mid-range J, and is a willing/crafty passer…just offers so much more versatility.

              • sleepz

                Not questioning Pau’s game as he’s his previous accomplishments speak for themselves.

                Based on last year though, I just thought that Bynum really established himself.

              • Destro

                Nobody in the league would take Pau over Drew anymore,hes the 2nd best C

  • sunofche

    As a Canadian i am sad but as a family man i understand it is not worth an extra 10 mil so not see your kids for a majority of 3 years when you already have 100’s of millions. 

  • fumandopiedra

    So let me get this straight. The crafty Colangelo pulls a fast one on the Knicks, offering a too-high offer sheet to Landry in order to undermine their bid for Nash and leave the Canadian Superstar for us. But he doesn’t go to the Knicks but to the Lakers and we end up overpaying for a marginal starter? It just gets better and better…..

  • KJ-B

    As a Lakers fan growing up–good move, hope his back holds up and all the best Steve!  Toronto got used n abused but it’s business yet I’m sure every1 kinda wishes ‘Kid Canada’ made it a bit more personal…From MLSE’s perspective this is GREAT NEWS!!! 

    so much better being spurned for an “actual” contender….

  • AB7.38pt.on.CB4

    Move on

  • heinz

    Gretzky went to the Kings in his twilight… Nash goes to the Lakers?

    Fuck Los Angeles.

    • rus

       ? Gretzky was in his late twenties and played for more than 10 more years after he was traded to LA, check your history, he went to NY in his twilight.
      But nevertheless , fuck LA

    • FAQ

      Nash is a single man, and there’s all that Hollywood poon in LA… and rumours are that Stevie is quite the womanizer too.

      Hey, if I was a multi-millionaire b’ball player, I would jump at the opportunity to play and live in LA… “pussyland”….!!!!!

      • 2damkule

        just when i think the internet has used up all the stupid…

      • Trruth

        110% still a virgin

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dwayne-Connolly/865215598 Dwayne Connolly

    It’s funny how people boo Bosh when he leaves for a chance at a title, but applaud Nash doing something similar. It’s similar, but Nash had a chance to be a legend…

    • AB7.38pt.on.CB4

      Actually the Suns are getting something back with S & T not only shit like us with RuPaul

      • Tesla

        Because nobody likes Bosh and everybody loves Nash.

        • Tesla

           To Dwayne ^

        • Copywryter

          I like Bosh.

          • Tesla

            Well then…

      • Thrillho

        Exactly. If we had netted a few assets in return, all the best to him. Nash was upfront, Bosh was a conniving little biznatch.

    • Bendit

      In case these points escape you…this is Nash’s last contract…there is every indication he was placing his kids location first because of his personal situation…he never strung along his team/its fans with BS…and he delivered on his promise to the Suns that he would “work with them” in a sign and trade scenario. There were multiple scenarios that the Suns worked with and chose the best. He cooperated. Bosh was a dick, a liar and a poseur. Dont compare the two…please. 

      • Beaverboi

        That is a very good point. Nash did help the team and city that supported him for so many years at least get something in return for him.

    • K.J.P

      “had a chance to be a legend”….. You don’t think he’s that already?

    • Nilanka15

      Nash was never a Raptor, and thus, he didn’t “leave” us. He was never here. Massive difference.

      • 2damkule

        such a minor little technical detail…

      • FAQ

        If you were Nash, what would you have done..???

        • Bendit

          Arent u supposed to be in mourning? 

    • Johng3

      A legend for doing what. Taking us to the first round.

  • DirtyMikeSeaver

    Quote from Steve Nash:

    “The truth is I’m a bit old school. For me, it would be hard to put on a Lakers jersey. That’s just the way it is,” Nash said. “You play against them so many times in the playoffs, and I just use them as an example, and I have the utmost respect for them and their organization. 

    No offence, but this kid thing is such bullsh*t.  If that was his consideration, should have mentioned it first.  Personally, I’m fine with it.  As an NBA fan, I wanna see Kobe and Nash play together, but his kids had nothing to do with this (if they did, then why all the New York reports?  And why not just stay in Phoenix?).  He wants to chase a ring, the very thing all the press said he didn’t want to do.  If LeBron or (Heaven Forbid) Dwight Howard pulled this, they would be roasted. 

    • Destro

      What Dwight has done is ten times worse and annoying…

      • DirtyMikeSeaver

        Not really.  Howard is a 26 man child who was sheltered, never went to college and was given WAY too much sway in an organization and acted like any petulant human who’s pampered and given the name Superman would.  Steve Nash is a 39 yr old man who went to college, lived a full life, has 3 kids and said, on a national radio show, that he wouldn’t considered the Lakers because he’s ‘Old School’ can got lauded by the press for it.  

        Let me make it clear:  I have ZERO problems with what Nash (or for that matter) Howard did or is doing.  Nash is a free agent, he can go wherever he wants.  I prefer him on the Lakers than trying to drag a team to an 8 seed. The Orlando Magic have made 10 fold off Dwight Howard so it’s not like they have been scorned and at any time they could have traded him or tell him to screw off.  They haven’t so they made the mess so lie in it.  But no one is going to kill Nash because he’s a ‘good guy’.  Same way they wouldn’t kill Durant or even Kobe (because he’s a ‘killer’)

        • Destro

          Regardless of what the magic have made doesnt make what Dwight did any less corny….

          • DirtyMikeSeaver

            But ultimately, the Magic have to take some, if not most, of the responsibility in all of this.  All things pointed to him wanting to leave, and they acted like a desperate gf doing whatever it took to make him stay.  They could have just let him play it out, offered him the max and said ‘If you wanna go play somewhere else, good luck trying to make up that extra year and $25 mill’.  Instead, they gave him licence to be corny and indecisive.  It’s like getting mad that your dog bites you when you trained him to be a killer.

            The point is, players such as Nash and Howard will always have leverage because they are the show (BTW, I fully support this.  They SHOULD be able to have all the leverage they want).  I’m just saying let’s call a spade a spade.  Nash played it beautifully, used the Raptors and the Knicks and I applaud him for it.  He can even fall back on the “I wanna stay near to my kids” narrative and no one will call him out.  

            BTW, Bryan Colangelo has now been schooled by Chris Bosh, Hedo Turkoglu, Steve Nash, Landry Fields, Jose Calderon, Michael Jordan. Linas Klieza and John Salmons.  It might be time for someone to be Brian Fantana to Colangelo’s Champ Kind.

            “Take it easy, Champ.  Why don’t you sit this next one out… stop talking for a while”

            • rus

              BC wasn’t “schooled” on half of those.
              “schooling” to me is when Memphis traded Gasol to the LA, that was a “schooling”
              The Raps have been fucked over, not schooled as if somehow in those situations they were tricked….

    • sleepz

      +1

      roasted like chestnuts

  • SR

    Now back to focusing this team on defence.  I hope….

    • Milesboyer

      Amen.  I was a fan of trying to sign Nash but it did go against the new culture of defence that Casey so painstakingly instilled.  Boring as that may be it has promise.

  • Bigbalboski79

    I think we can officially take the “Kid Canada” tag off of Steve Nash.  The way he used the Raptors to raise his market value should take some of the shine off his image.  I especially love the way his agent is spinning this angle about “being close to his kids, in LA”, which if it was the case he shouldnt have been negotiating with the Raptors in the first place.  Total douche move.  Nash should be greeted at the ACC just as TMac and Wince are.  Meh.

    • 2damkule

      yeeeess…it’s nash’s fault BC & Co fell over themselves to make sure everyone knew just how much they wanted him.  

      • FAQ

        Imagine if BC hadn’t thrown an offer at Nash….LOL

    • Dtkipfer

      Nash can do what he wants. That’s his right but I hope he knows he really hurt basketball in Canada with this move. He should have been up front from the beginning and say he wanted to go to a contender. Then we would all be fine with it. He strung us along to get a few more bucks and now he has burned some bridges here in Canada.

      • 2damkule

        nope.

    • Rob

      Bryan Colangelo is the one that should be greeted at the ACC just as TMac and Wince were.

  • SR

    You know where life really sucks right now?  Dallas.  No Plan A (D-Will) and no Plan B (Nash).  Chandler’s gone, Terry’s gone, J-Kidd is done….  They’re about to watch Nowitzki waste away while being eliminated in the second round year after year.

    • Doc

      Ya they won the title 2yrs ago. Sucks to be them.

    • Nilanka15

      They may not even make the playoffs. Their 2nd best player is now Wince, lol.

  • guest

    I think Lowry has two years left on his contract and I am going to laugh my ass off if Toronto gets him and he opts out. If he stays in Toronto they will surely over pay him.  Dragic might be okay with Toronto but he is not worth the money he asking for. They should have either drafted a point guard or stay with Jose and Bayless. PG is the least of this teams worries right now but now that Coangelo has been made to look silly by Nash he is going to try and show that he had a pg backup plan.

  • guest987

    After two years of being genuinely terrible and watching honest to goodness D-leaguers make their way into the starting lineup, we are left with:
    (i) Maybe a FT hitting Joakim Noah
    (ii) Pseudo Nick Young
    (iii) A Stanford bred hipster (for the low low price of $19,000,000.00)
    (iv) The sad realization that we couldn’t attract a 38 year old man (whose responsibilities include promoting basketball in Canada as GM of the Canadian National Basketball team) to the sole Canadian franchise even though we were willing to overpay by 10 to 15 million dollars.
    Full disclosure: I just snuck some vodka into my orange juice while my girlfriend wasn’t looking.  ‘Scuse me while I bang my head against the wall.

    • guest

      you gotta sneak your vodka?
      weak bro …

      • guest987

        Aw dude, she can’t put the breaks on my occasional late night drinks even if she wanted to, but it’s not worth the “You know this how your father started drinking……” speech.  I keep it discrete to keep the peace.

      • 2damkule

        replace ‘girlfriend’ with ‘mom,’ and i think the picture is slightly more accurate.

        • guest987

          Oh shit.  What a shot.  Is this where I say, “Yeah………. UR mom!!!!!” ?

          • 2damkule

            yes.  yes it is.

  • Tesla

    Fantastic, now call back Morey and arrange something for that Lowry kid, unless they’d rather keep him in which case we’d go after Dragic. I’m fine with either.

    • Multipaul

      Nash is an old scumbag who let barbosa do the nasty with his ex wife. Plus he part owns the Vancouver whitecaps, aka MLS homos. We don’t need him, just king bargs and king val o grime and king flight Ross

      • hater

        multipaul ur back!

      • Tesla

        Uhh… yes?

  • FAQ

    Kobe, Nash, Dwight…. versus….. LeBron, Wade, Bosh ….. and the winner is …………

  • AN

    As a die hard raps fan this hurts. I wasn’t really pushing for Nash because of the contract they were offering him was sort of insane but I believed Nash would have put us on the map again maybe get us some ABC ESPN TNT games and put shine on the city and franchise. He would also be the best thing Jonas could ever have coming from overseas to play with one of the best PGs of all time. I think now we need to give Houston a call and get a deal done for Lowry or else its another year of looking at mock drafts and the bottom of the standings praying for terrible teams to win games.

    • 2damkule

      a die hard raps fan should probably care a little fucking less about whether big fucking american media cares enough to put my team on their lineup…and a little fucking more about building a team that will – long-term – be worthy of getting national (US) games because they’re really good.

      • FAQ

        That will only happen if Toronto gets the #1 draft pick for the next 10 years…. sooooo obvious now.

        • 2damkule

          all the more reason those of us in tank nation were pissed with how he last month of the season played out.

          • Seeten

             Those of you in Tank Nation realize all this means is now we’re gonna overpay much worse players, and end up with a #12 pick, right?

            • 2damkule

              yup…which, again, was why we were members of tank nation.  

  • Destro

    You just know BC is gonna make a bunch of stupid moves to compensate for this and try to do a lot of dumb shit this year to save his job now…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TRPH647AXY5T5XHXI2AFSG3XHA OvertheWall

    If starting lineup is Derozan at SG and Fields at SF, that means our wing players can’t shoot 3’s for shit. 

  • John

    It is OK, It is not all bad :) , we still probably get Fields for 20 million and hey, Ramon Session is available now 😉

  • Paradigm Shift

    When an American all-star free agent snubs Toronto it speaks to a broader question of how the Raptors can ever attract any star free agents…but when a Canadian player snubs Toronto maybe it’s just about a Canadian snubbing Toronto, and if so, I can live with that 😀

  • Paradigm Shift

    When an American all-star free agent snubs Toronto, it raises the broader question of whether the Raptors can ever attract any star……but when a Canadian all-star snubs Toronto, maybe it just about Toronto, and if so, I can live with that 😀

  • golden

    In the back of my mind I was most worried about NY and LA because of Nash’s sideline gig, which he is setting himself up as a movie producer when he retires.  He has a film production company and tons of other entrepreneurial ventures on the go.  Seems like those ventures are Phx, LA, NY or Vancouver based.  Nothing going on in Toronto.

    http://www.fastcompany.com/pics/steve-nash-nbas-top-entrepreneur#16

    • 2damkule

      true, but it’s not like TO is bereft of a media presence…

      but the importance (to nash) of his future shouldn’t be downplayed.  he wanted to maximize his final contract, not because he’s greedy or has blown his money, but because he’s got some pretty substantial post playing career aspirations that will require a high degree of capital.

  • sleepz

    Kept my respect for Nash seeing that he is still interested in playing serious basketball for a contender.

    Lakers won’t win it but at least give yourself a chance playing with other great players.

    Very interested in hearing BC’s spin when that Fields press conference takes place.lol

    I doubt we will hear the term ‘accelerated rebuild’ anytime soon. 

  • Copywryter

    I never thought Nash coming here was a good idea or good basketball decision and I’m relieved that he’s not. 

  • Seeten

    I’m guessing our next move will be to offer 3 yrs $30 million to Rashard Lewis.

  • Johng3

    PLLZZ NY match Fields offer so we don’t actually have to have that shitbox on our team. We were only joking that we wanted him

  • BerryPomegranateMio

    Calderon is the man, every time it looks like he’s about to be replaced/traded, he survives! The curse of fucking jose calderon, god bless that dude!

  • RAPSSUCK

    Nash is lucky isn’t black and athletically gifted, or else the T.O media would be all over him.

  • RAPSSUCK

    is lucky he* isn’t

  • Kujo

    I’m not deflated at all.  I’m relieved.

    I hate the Lakers, and it’ll hard to watch one of my fav players play for them, but this move totally makes sense.  More so than joining the Knicks or Raptors.