In 2008, after Shaq /Porter epicus failnanticus breed of basket ball had become extinct. Grant 'BAMF' Hill was a free agent...and a highly coveted one at that. With a very favorable production to contract ratio New York among others made a push for him. No doubt Dantoni's pitch included a conversation about the summer of 2010 and becoming instant contenders. Also in the mix was Boston, thinking that bringing Grant off the bench to spell Pierce might be the push that gets them over the hump. Seeing as how they took the Lakers to 7 games, they might have been right. Also on Grants plate was the fact that Shaq was dumped for cash neither Amar'e or Nash had been extended, all sign pointed to re-building mode. He opted to stay... not long after Nash signed an extension. There's been lots of discussion about how they should be traded to contenders to give them a shot. In the summer of 08 they had that opportunity,they're destiny was in they're hands...they had no Idea if Amar'e would be there, they didn't know Lopez, Dragic, Dudley, Lou and Richerdson would put up career years. They choose to stay, to play the game they're way, not to go the whole rent a Shaq rout.
Alex has already written an excellent article about the ramification of a Nash/Hill trade to the Suns, but what about the ramification to the game and to the dynamic duo. I'm not one for rosterbating and for purposes of this post the details are not important. I present theatrical scenario's of chip chasing.
Let's put them on the Lakers where the genius that is Nash's game is rendered moot by the triangle offense and grant battles for playing time behind Bryant with Shannon Brown, how long till he gets injured in that system.
How about Boston, if Hill wanted to play that style he would have gone there already. Nash is behind Rondo and playing with Fat Shaq.
Orlando, one of the ugliest offenses in the GAME! Nash is relegated to hitting spot up threes in his back up role to Jameer Nelson, Hill gets booed by the fans. This would be a basket ball abomination. That's like Duncan going to the heat just so he can back up Chris Bosch, grab a few late game rebounds and pick up fouls down the stretch. Plus, in order to watch them play I now have to put up with SVG. No thanks.
In short, my point is that the grass isn't necessarily greener for anyone involved. But that's just how I feel about. There are many other fine point being hashed out in the threads. Personally; I'm digg'n all the healthy debate going on.