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What If?

Well, after the Dragic trade went through I decided to put away my dislike for Aaron Brooks and started reading a ton of articles on him. For the record, I did not stumble over anything new so my opinion has not changed, but I did get this strange idea. What if this trade is more Nash-centered than we think? I mean when Aaron Brooks is hot the guy is nearly unguardable and because he plays the pacing lanes well, he is an excellent point guard to have running the break. His speed and agility allow him to make plays with the ball and find teammates, even though his passing does not equate to assists on the boxscore.  This reminds me a little bit of Stephon Marbury but that is not the point of this discussion.

The point of this is if there are any future implications.  Aaron Brooks did not have very talented teammates in Houston and he did not have a mentor like Steve Nash. He still has room to grow because he has good fundamentals when it comes down to shooting and could be a better finisher at the rim. If you think about it, Aaron Brooks sounds like the quintessential guy you want to replace Nash. He can run the offense and although he might not put up huge assist numbers (Goran didn't either), he is mighty effective in making plays with the ball. Basically Goran and Aaron's shooting numbers has been a complete wash this season, with brooks only inching him out in minutes by a relatively large margin. Brooks is obviously the heir apparent and the Suns have a wide array of guys they can ship out to bring in a franchise player.

 

With this said, what if Sarver and the guys are planning to ship Nash out? Vince Carter and Steve Nash are two golden chips to have an an open, lockout impending market. The older Nash gets the lower his maximum price tag becomes, and because Vince Carter has that cap-saving contract, one could pull a franchise altering move in one swing. They already have players in place to take Nash's spot, Carter's spot, and even Grant Hill's spot and with a trade that involves any combination of these three guys the Suns are looking at a lot of cap space (Good for Sarver's pocket for future moves) Draft picks (For a solid future) and a player that can lead Phoenix into the playoffs.

 

Aaron Brooks can learn so much from Steve Nash and he already has the potential to replace him; he might run a different ship than Nash, but he is perfect for an offense predicated on spacing, and although his defense may be suspect he could more than maek up for it by playing smart, efficient offense (Like Nash does).  Nash may not demand a lot on the open market by himself but when you offer what is kind of like a get out of free card in Carter and possibly eitehr gortat or Lopez and the Suns could be looking at a great future.

I was think about this and in no way am I lobbying for a Nash trade, but merely speculating what the FO has in mind. They have already shown that they are not afraid to pull the trigger (Trading their leading scorer in Richardson) or going after Turkoglu and Josh Childress and Hakim Warrick and trading away Goran Dragic.

 

What do you guys think?

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