Steve Nash would consider playing for Knicks

Amare Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks Amare Stoudemire #1 of the New York Knicks and Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns meet prior to tip off. (Jan. 18, 2012) Photo Credit: Jim McIsaac

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For the second time this week, a future Hall of Fame point guard expressed some interest in playing for the Knicks.

Steve Nash told ESPNNewYork.com Wednesday that he would "definitely consider" the Knicks when he becomes a free agent July 1. On Monday, Jason Kidd said on a conference call promoting next month's American Century Championship celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe that it "would be a lot of fun to help" Jeremy Lin.

"The Knicks are a great franchise and I live in New York," said Nash, who spends part of his offseasons in Manhattan. "So I'd definitely consider them if they were interested."

But it will be difficult for the Knicks to sign either Kidd or Nash since they could be very limited with what they can spend in free agency, especially if the players' union doesn't win the appeal seeking "early Bird Rights" for Lin and Steve Novak.

The Knicks then would have only the midlevel and lower-level exceptions. Most or all of the $5 million midlevel is expected to go to Lin, who will be a restricted free agent. It's doubtful the $1.9 million lower-level or a minimum contract will be enough to sign Nash or Kidd.

Nash is expected to get bigger offers from his own team, the Suns, as well as from the Toronto Raptors than the Knicks can give. If the Mavs are unable to pry Deron Williams from the Nets, Dallas also could try to bring Nash back to team up with Dirk Nowitzki again.

Kidd has said he would like to stay in Dallas, and also mentioned the Brooklyn Nets among the teams he would consider. In both cases he said he wouldn't mind backing up Williams. Lin, meanwhile, is in the process of hiring Jim Tanner of the law firm Williams & Connolly to represent him in basketball and business matters. Lin's current agent, Roger Montgomery, will continue to be involved.

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