I firmly believe it's just plain stupid trading Nash. No other guy will give you as much as he does, he's the basis of the system that has worked very well and our major problem is the fact that Goran Dragic, although having progressed, is still cannot fill the void that will be there when Nash is done.
I like the current squad , what I hate about them is that they cannot win now with this lineup but there are two reasons I like this team:
1- They're over achieving at 6-6 and the toughest schedule in the NBA.
2- With so many perimeter players, they have so many trading chips
This team can go to the playoffs and maybe beyond the first round if the chemistry is right. Still, let's not kid ourselves, we need an inside presence. Hakim is an excellent backup PF, probably the best backup PF in the league, and Robin Lopez is just Robin with no Batman. Turk is useless on the inside and Frye, though smart on D, is just too soft to play inside.
It is dangerous to mess with what works, this team was near perfect when they had Amare, with the addition of Hakim and Childress and Lopez's progress they could've dethroned the Lakers. But Amare is not here anymore and we need someone to replace him. To get an active PF will cost the team too much, maybe Hill or Nash or Lopez .... And there isn't a lot of cap space to sign a free agent, so we have to pay extra attention to the draft.
The Suns could trade up into the draft top 3-4 picks, they could let Turk or J-Rich go. And draft someone like Perry Jones. A big man out of Baylor that can handle the ball and shoot as well as go inside and rebound. Play this kid with Steve Nash and he'll be the unanimous pick for ROY.
I still think that the only available replacement for Nash is Ricky Rubio (providing that we already gave up Rondo for "cash" and Tony Parker has signed an extension, while CP settles in NO) . And it'll cost us a lot of money and players to get a shot at him. So next year could easily be the last year we get a shot at winning anything.
A front line of Jones and Lopez with Warrick and Frye coming off the bench is as good as it gets, especially when you have Turk/J-Rich , Hill and Nash to wrap up your starting five. We won't be that undersized anymore.