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Nash signs with Lakers, shakes up NBA futures odds

Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash has agreed to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers, a move that has pushed L.A. to as low as +800 to win the NBA Championship.

Nash, who was being pursued by numerous teams this offseason, joins the Lakers as part of a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns, lining up a three-year deal worth as much as $25 million. Los Angeles gave up four draft picks - first-round selections in 2013 and 2015 and second-round picks in 2013 and 2014 - to acquire the eight-time NBA All-Star.

The Lakers opened the 2012-13 NBA Championship odds at 12-1 in Las Vegas last month. Some offshore markets are still dealing Los Angeles at a discount price, as high as +1,400. The Oklahoma City Thunder are the favorites out of the Western Conference, moving from +250 to +275 to win the title with news of Nash’s deal. The defending champion Miami Heat are the overall chalk at +225.

The 38-year-old point guard averaged 12.5 points and 10.7 assists last season. Nash played in Phoenix for the past eight seasons, earning back-to-back MVP honors in 2005 and 2006.

The deal can't be officially completed until July 11 due to the league's moratorium on new business.

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Posted by jkrazy2020
1 year ago

miami will do it again with ray allen
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Posted by lvkenny420
1 year ago

how stiupid to give all those draft picks away!! lakers now are a team that has over priced old players!
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Posted by Jbiggs787
1 year ago

Lakers need better bench players, they should be taking care of that first
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Posted by joser_31
1 year ago

NASH MVP FOR 2012/2013 NBA SEASON !!!
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Posted by dagrad
1 year ago

what you guys are ALL saying makes sense to a teenager, but unrealistic in terms of basketball. 1) Lakers needed a shooter and facilitator and Nash does BOTH very well. 2) Yes, he's a reliability on defense against guys like Westbrook, Wade, and D. Williams..but so is every other pt guard in the NBA. 3) Lakers are over-capped on their budget and the Lamar Odom trade exception was their only real chip to land a point guard. 4) finding a very good point guard via NCAA.....that's fantasy talk. How often do you land a good point guard in the 2nd round? 5) Bynum is the last commodity for the Howard. 6) What team is going to trade Gasol for a all-star point guard? Lakers are moving in a good direction here: Even if they don't land Howard...someone name me another point guard (who the lakers can actually acquire realistically) who is going to improve every single player on the lakers besides Nash?
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Posted by J_Logan
1 year ago

I'm a Lakers fan and I like the move, but L.A. still doesn't have a point guard who can slow down Russ Westbrook. Not sure anybody does really. As great as Nash is at creating offense, he's a liability on defense. Having a shot-blocker like Bynum (or hopefully Dwight Howard) helps, however, Nash will be exposed more often than not. We'll just have to win every game 120-119.
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Posted by johndub11
1 year ago

I believe nash has led the league in assists each of the past 3 years. You're right.. he should retire. He's got nothing left...
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Posted by esplanade
1 year ago

Well then those were 28 (actually 31.6, why lie??) very productive minutes. 53% FG 39% 3's 90% from line (virtually)
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Posted by Chen179
1 year ago

agreed... i am a laker fan and it is so sad to see these. and plz trade gasol..
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Posted by bomba-t
1 year ago

no you are stupid
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Posted by sports_Network
1 year ago

absolutely the stupidest deal the 'desperate' to achieve Lakers could ever get involved in! those MVP trophy's came 6 and 7 years ago! Giving a 38 year old NBA player 25m over 3 years is ludicrous to say the least...is that really the best LA can do with their money? One thing for sure, Steve Nash is not the way to the NBA finals..By NBA standards, Nash should be in retirement, no player in NBA history has received a 3 year deal worth 25m at the age of 38, congratulations Steve! you worked the Lakers supremely, I am sure they'll appreciate your 28 minutes avg per game playing time that you achieved with the Suns last season (league low for a starting player)
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Posted by usmail
1 year ago

AT HIS AGE HE SHOULD RETIRE. I WATCHED HIM PLAY FEW GAMES AND I THINK HE'S AN AVERAGE PLAYER NOW. HE'S NOT AS GOOD AS HE WAS BEFORE. LAKER SHOULD USE THAT MONEY TO DRAFT YOUNGER PLAYER FROM NCAA.
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Posted by sports_Network
1 year ago

" absolutely the stupidest deal the 'desperate' to achieve Lakers could ever get involved in! those MVP trophy's came 6 and 7 years ago! Giving a 38 year old NBA player 25m over 3 years is ludicrous to say the least...is that really the best LA can do..."