Suns' Nash says he would consider joining Heat

Friday , March 30, 2012 - 5:43 PM

Andre C. Fernandez

Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash made some comments Thursday morning on the Dan Patrick Show that might have caught the attention of the 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 off season, 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)."

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