Precursor: I know this will never happen, but it's far more realistic than all of the CP3 talk that's going on, so I figured it was worth putting out there...at least to divert from those discussions.
There's all this talk about trading half of our team for CP3, but there's another potential deal out there that we should be considering to improve our team on the short term. To accomplish it, we'd only have to trade Chauncey and one other asset.
PHO gets: Chauncey Billups & one low-salary player (Disclaimer: not Fields, TD, or Shumpert)
NYK gets: Steve Nash
Why the hell not? Phoenix absolutely should trade Nash at this point; it's become painful to watch him languish on a borderline playoff team. For the Suns, the time to start rebuilding is now, and Chauncey can be flipped for a number of different possible assets before the trade deadline this season; this trade also allows them to appear gracious to a player that has given them the best part of his career by moving Nash to a city that he loves and a team with a chance to win.
The Knicks, meanwhile, don't have to give up their best young assets to acquire him as opposed to Paul, and (this is where my personal opinion comes in), would be way better off with Nash than with Billups in the shortened season.
Best of all for all you 2012 off-season prospectors, Nash's contract only has this season remaining. We would not be committing to anything beyond this season, so the flexibility would remain, as well as our young talent.
Look, you and I both know it will never happen because Phoenix has the most stubborn front office in the league, but for kicks, I want to ask you guys the following three questions:
Would you rather have Billups or Nash?
Would the potential opportunity to resign Nash at a bargain after this season make this deal even sweeter, or would you discard him?
Who would you rather swap Billups for before the deadline, if anybody?
From Chauncey's perspective, keep in mind that Phoenix is the second closest NBA city to Billups' hometown of Denver (and he already has a ring...), so he would be closer to his family and desired place of retirement.
Now that I'm done outlining my argument, let's hear why I'm wrong.
Looking forward to P&T Game Threads, everybody!