Steve Nash to Lakers: Trade Analysis, Grade and Twitter Reaction

Jesse ReedCorrespondent IJuly 4, 2012

PHOENIX, AZ - APRIL 25:  Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns stands attended for the National Anthem before the NBA game against the San Antonio Spurs at US Airways Center on April 25, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona.  The Spurs defeated the Suns 110-106.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The Los Angeles Lakers have just pulled off a stunning free-agency coup by landing veteran All-Star point guard Steve Nash from the Phoenix Suns.

ESPN's Marc Stein first broke the story:

Just going up online & via SportsCenter: Sources say Suns have consented to sign-and-trade Steve Nash to Lakers for package of future picks

— Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) July 4, 2012

 

Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski confirmed the story:

Source confirms: The Suns are sending Steve Nash to the Lakers for draft picks.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) July 4, 2012

 

The deal is one that seems to benefit both sides. ESPN.com's Marc Stein reports: "The Suns will receive 2013 and 2015 first-round picks and 2013 and 2014 second-round picks from the Lakers."

Additionally, the Suns will receive a sum of cash, according to Yahoo! Sports' Marc J. Spears:

The Suns get $3 million in the Nash trade.

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 4, 2012

 

Spears also reports:

Nash gets 3-year guaranteed $27 million deal, his agent Bill Duffy tells Y! "He's ecstatic. He gets to be close to his children," Duffy said

— Marc J. Spears (@SpearsNBAYahoo) July 4, 2012

 

This bold move is just what the doctor ordered for the Lakers. Kobe Bryant isn't going to be around much longer, and the franchise needed to make the most out of his last few years.

Mitch Kupchak and Co. have surely succeeded. 

It seems highly unlikely that the Lakers will be able to make a deal for Dwight Howard now. No matter. Andrew Bynum is going to keep getting better, and his offensive repertoire is far superior to Howard's.  

 

Grade: A-

Nash and Bryant in the same backcourt is going to make the Lakers favorites to win the West, alongside the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs.

Nash is significantly better than Ramon Sessions, and he's a proven performer in clutch situations, so we're not likely to see a massive letdown from him in the postseason like we recently did with Sessions.

The one thing I worry about with this deal is that Nash doesn't necessarily fit the mold of head coach Mike Brown's defense-first mentality. If anything, the 38-year-old Nash can be a liability on defense. 

In the end, though, Nash's ability to distribute and hit clutch shots outweigh any defensive discrepancies. 

 

Tweets of the Night

Hello Lakers made an apt point here regarding Kobe Bryant and his relationship with GM Mitch Kupchak:

Kobe Bryant said before the summer he had faith in Mitch Kupchak to improve the Lakers. Acquiring Steve Nash proves his point.

— HelloLakers (@HelloLakers) July 4, 2012

 

Suns broadcaster Jon Bloom expresses his frustration about the deal:

#Suns get 4 draft picks and cash in exchange for Steve Nash to the Lakers & people all over Planet Orange just threw up in their mouths

— Jon Bloom (@Azbloom) July 4, 2012

 

Vaugh Fry isn't a fan of the deal, either, and he's pretty sure something's wrong with Kupchak:

Steve Nash has been dealt to the Lakers. In other news there is a missing persons report for GM Mitch Kupchak's perception of age.

— Vaughn Fry (@VaughnFry) July 4, 2012

 

Stay tuned to Bleacher Report for all your Lakers and NBA news, analysis and instant reaction. There is sure to be much more to come in the wake of this deal. 

Where will Jeremy Lin end up?

What's going to happen with Dwight Howard?

We'll keep you updated on all these stories and more as the news continues pouring in. 

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July out there.