Steve Nash would consider joining Nets, Knicks

Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash watches a free throw

Phoenix Suns' Steve Nash watches a free throw against the Los Angeles Lakers during the second half of an NBA basketball game. (Feb. 19, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Steve Nash is open to the idea of calling New York home for more than just the offseason.

The two-time MVP point guard probably will be wooed by more than a few teams when free agency begins at midnight Sunday. If the Nets are among those inquiring about his services, Nash expects to be all ears.

"Sure," Nash said Wednesday before his Steve Nash Foundation Showdown soccer game at Sara D. Roosevelt Park in Manhattan. "Another exciting opportunity, a brand-new stadium, a very passionate and resourceful owner. So it's an exciting opportunity."

Nash, who resides in Manhattan in the offseason, is a frequent visitor to Kings County. He talked it up a bit, mentioning how much he enjoys trekking over there.

"Yeah, I have friends in Brooklyn," he said. "I get over there a lot. Brooklyn is great. Brooklyn is beautiful, so I think a lot of guys are going to find out about Brooklyn now that they've got a team there."

Nash also indicated he'd be open to playing for the Knicks.

"I would think I'd meet with them if they're interested," he said. "So we'll see what happens Sunday. But I guess I'm looking forward to seeing which teams are interested and what they have to say."

Nash, 38, didn't hesitate when asked which team is ready to win immediately. He chose Carmelo Anthony & Co.

"Right now, the Knicks," he said. "Maybe in a few years, the Nets have a chance. They have an owner who's extremely passionate about it. So we'll see."

Nash also didn't rule out re-signing with the Suns, for whom he played the past eight seasons. The Canadian native also was diplomatic about potentially suiting up for the Raptors, which would be intriguing because he's like a basketball ambassador for the country.

But there are going to be several variables that help determine his decision.

"There's not really one important thing," Nash said. "There's so many, between family, the environment, the team, a chance to win, contract. So when you try to reconcile all those factors, that's when you can rank the situations that fit you best."

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