It looks like Steve Nash is headed to the Lakers.

Apr 9, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA: Phoenix Suns guard Steve Nash (13) passes the ball to a teammate in the second half against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Target Center The Suns won 114-90. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-US PRESSWIRE

John Gambo had it first, but here's Marc Stein:

Just going up online & via SportsCenter: Sources say Suns have consented to sign-and-trade Steve Nash to Lakers for package of future picks

So, there goes that. I'm feeling pretty weird, having gone from "the Knicks have no shot at Nash" to "the Knicks might have a way to get Nash!" to "the Raptors pissed on the Knicks' way to get Nash!" to "the Knicks have a new way to get Nash that loses one of their most promising and lovable players!". I'm really disappointed that New York didn't manage to reel Nash in, but I had major, sickening qualms with the Iman Shumpert-centric package that populated all the rumors.

I suppose this pretty much solidifies New York's intention to match any offer for Jeremy Lin (though it sounds like that was never in doubt), and it rekindles their pursuit of a suitable back-up for the mid-level or a minimum contract or something. Jason Kidd? Pablo Prigioni? We shall see.

Oh well. Get right, Shump.

Update: Good point by Alan Hahn:

Key to remember: Knicks still have pieces without Iman for a $6m sign&trade free agent. Expect them to remain aggressive.

We know now that the Knicks have the pieces to put together a small-to-medium-sized sign-and-trade. That could get them a point guard, for instance, who's slightly outside of the mini-MLE price range (I've seen a few people mention Ramon Sessions).

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