What do you get when you take the second-leading scorer in the NBA who dominated the ball for his team last year and add a point guard who finished second in the league in assists? That’s what we’ll get to find out this year thanks to the new Kobe-Nash backcourt at the Staples Center.
In the biggest move by a title-contender to date in the NBA offseason, the Los Angeles Lakers landed Steve Nash in a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers immediately jumped to in many people’s minds to favorite status in the Western Conference. This year, their offense looks to be one of the best in the league on paper and should give the Thunder and the Spurs all they can handle through the regular season and into the playoffs barring injury.
I love the move for the Lakers in the short-term, but their championship window is as short as any team in the league. If they don’t get it done this year, maybe Magic will finally get the blow-up-the-team that he’s been calling for. Nash is 38 and by the end of the deal he’ll be 4o, two years older then Jason Kidd was this past season. If your a Lakers fan you’ve got to be excited though as your team is definitely “all in” headed into the coming season.
As the season approaches, there are sure to be more moves made heading into everyone’s annual fantasy basketball draft. Let’s take a look at who wins and loses from the move with the rosters as currently constituted. When other moves go down, check back at Fansided.com for more reaction and analysis.
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