Let me start out by saying this: I DONT WANT NASH TRADED
And if the Suns are anywhere near .500 at the trade deadline, I don't think there's a chance in hell Sarver (who's rightfully enamored with Nash) lets him go. Nash is more than the face of the team - he's the face of the franchise for it's entire history.
Sure, some of us are KJ fans, or maybe we're whores for Barkley's 3 seasons in a Suns uniform. Or, we'll try to be historical, and throw out a name like Walter D or the Hawk.
But Nash is a two-time MVP, seven time all star whose taken the Suns to three WCF and spent the majority of his career in the Purple & Orange. He'll be the only Suns player in the Hall remember for being a Sun. (I guess Hawk too, but I'm a Suns fan and I think of him being a ABA/Playground player).
This is, first and foremost, the reason why Nash can't be traded. He means everything to Phoenix, and he's a "good" player to every other team. How can you meet in the middle there?
This can be shown from both sides: other team's fans, who think we're trading him to New York for Ray Felton and Eddy Curry (ahahahahahahahahahah)
Thus I propose the following trade, for the following reasons: 1, I honestly think it's the only remotely reasonable trade that has a chance of happening, and thus 2. to discourage further Nash rosterbation. Without further ado:
Suns: If we're going to blow it up, the Suns should blow it the hell up. Not just trade Nash, but then hold onto all our expensive, multi-year contracts. The Suns ship out arguably there two best players, but we also unload two of our worst contracts - with Vince's contract expiring (kinda-sorta) this sets up the Suns to be almost $15 million under the cap. Phoenix has always been able to lure free agents here, so you get to add Free Agent X to a Dragic-Smith core, with young role players (Teague, Dudz, Lopez) around them. The also now have 3 #1 picks in the upcoming draft.
Hawks- Starting line-up going forward looks like the 04 Suns to me - Nash-Johnson-Hill-Frye-Horford. Horford isn't Amare offensively, but he's 10 times better defensively. You've got 3 shooters (Nash-JJ-Frye), three good defenders (JJ-Hill-Horford) - I absolutely think this team contends. Plus, there bench would be passable (Bibby-Jordan Crawford-Williams-Warrick).
Plus, Smith is a good young player signed to a reasonable contract. Don't like him? Flip him and Teague to the Wolves for Love+Brewer (my dream). Go forward with Dragic-Love and be $20 million+ under the cap.
Yeah, that went a little long. But besides a trade to ATL, I don't see anywhere else Nash can go. So, this is farewell rosterbation. I hope it's yours, too.