Will Nash Remain with Phoenix?
"I still want to make it work in Phoenix," Steve Nash said.
For the first time since returning in 2004, Nash's place with the Suns is no sure thing. He will be entering the final year of his contract, a $13,125,000 team option with about $8 million in guaranteed money. General Manager Steve Kerr told Nash during the season that he wants to talk about a contract extension after the season.
Even that does not guarantee Nash's future with the Suns. After missing the playoffs, Nash could decline an extension if he is unhappy with the offer or the off-season plan. He wants to play four more seasons.
"My first priority is to sit down and listen to Steve and (Suns Managing Partner) Robert (Sarver) and hear what their wish is and what their plan is for the team," Nash said. "I can be a part of us revamping here.
"I'm under the impression they want to talk an extension, and I do, too. Hopefully we can find ourselves in a position where we can revamp and be back in the playoffs and hopefully be a contender. Hopefully I'll be a part of the plan."
Ariza to play for Domican Republic?
Trevor Ariza is considering applying to switch his sports citizenship so he can play for the Dominican Republic at the Americas World Championship Qualifying Tournament in Mexico from Aug. 19 to 30.
Since his grandfather is a native of the Dominican Republic, Ariza said Milwaukee's Charlie Villanueva and Sacramento's Francisco Garcia have been lobbying for him to join the team.
"They've been on me for three or four years now," Ariza said. "I'm thinking about it."
VC still wants to play for Nets
Vince Carter knows what's coming, to an extent. He knows this summer will be filled with talk of his contract being moved. There will be theories floated about how he could be the final piece for any number of teams. Carter pretty much will relive the days leading up to the trading deadline.
And he hopes it has the same result: that he stays a Net.
"Absolutely," Carter said. "Like I said, I'd love to finish what we started. I think we've built some good things together."
Bost won't talk 2010
With free agency looming in 2010, does Chris Bosh want to be here? And if he has decided against remaining in Toronto, will he let Bryan Colangelo know that this summer?
"Oh, y'all are trying to starting to get something started now," Bosh said after the game when he was asked about his intentions. "My employer right now is who it is. If rumours get started, I can't get involved. I just know that right now, this is who I work for. This is who I play for.
"I've been doing the same thing that I've done since I've been here. Day one, since I signed my contract, since I signed my rookie deal, that's how I go about it: as a Raptor." -- National Post
Bosh will sit down with GM Bryan Colangelo at the end of the season as will all the Raptors. He said last night he's not prepared to indicate what his intentions are after the 2009-10 season.
"I'm not indicating anything,' Bosh said. "It will be routine stuff. We will go over the season, assess the season. See how we can get better, see how I can get better."
But rest assured the time will come this off-season that Colangelo will come to Bosh looking for some form of commitment beyond 2010. Only then will the Raptors GM be able to proceed with a sound off-season strategy.
Jackson: There Will Be Change
As far as Golden State's captain has been told, not everyone will be back when the team reconvenes next season.
"There will be change, things will be shifted," Stephen Jackson said this past week, "but I think the core will be here. I think as a team and an organization, we know the steps that we have to take to correct a lot of these wrongs that we had this season."
Jackson said that between Monta Ellis starting at the point, C.J. Watson as a backup, Anthony Randolph being nurtured as a point forward, and Jackson himself handling at times, Golden State has the pieces to run its offense.
What it lacks is an impact starter. "A lot of places, we have everything we need, but with the role of Corey Maggette as a sixth man, I think we're missing one more guy in the starting lineup who can take that pressure off of me and Monta at times," Jackson said.