Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash made some comments Thursday morning on the Dan Patrick Show that might have caught the attention of the Miami Heat.
Nash, likely to be one of the top free agents after the season, said if he left Phoenix he would be receptive to joining LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh next season in a move that would fill what is still considered by many to be an area of need on the team.
“I would listen,” Nash told Dan Patrick. “He’s phenomenal. I love what they’re doing there. A lot of people don’t like them because they put all that talent there. But they’re professional, they play hard, they play together. Their coaching staff has done a great job, so I have a tremendous amount of respect for them.”
Nash, 38, said he would only return to the Suns if the team committed to making drastic improvements in the offseason, which he’s expecting them to do. He also said he’s looking forward to becoming a free agent.
The Heat won’t have any salary-cap space next summer, meaning Nash would have to settle for the mid-level exception if he wanted to join Miami. Phoenix and other clubs would have more money to offer Nash.
Nash said the prospect of joining a team for a push for a championship late in his career was enticing to him.
“I’m not coming back to the Suns if there isn’t improvement,” Nash told Patrick. “I would definitely listen [if the Heat offered].”
Hill undergoes procedure
Grant Hill underwent what the Phoenix Suns labeled a “successful procedure” to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
The team said in a news release announcing Friday’s 30-minute procedure that, if Hill’s rehabilitation goes well, he should return before the end of the regular season.
The medial meniscus tear was discovered when the 39-year-old forward underwent an MRI on Thursday. He had been sidelined for two games because of inflammation in the knee.
Hill is the NBA’s second-oldest player, one day younger than Portland’s Kurt Thomas. He is averaging 10.7 points per game and is considered the Suns’ best defensive player.
Shannon Brown has started in Hill’s absence.
After his earlier career was decimated by injury, Hill — in his 17th NBA season — has been remarkably durable since coming to the Suns in 2007. He missed only one game in 2009-10 and two in 2010-11. He and 38-year-old teammate Steve Nash were held out of the second game in the two instances that Phoenix played on three consecutive nights this season.
NBA fines Clippers’ Evans
Los Angeles Clippers forward Reggie Evans has been fined $25,000 for making an obscene gesture during a game against New Orleans.
The incident occurred with 4:23 remaining in the second quarter of the Clippers’ 97-85 home victory win over the Hornets on Monday night.