Robert Sarver Rumors
Steve Nash on the Suns: “I’m business partners with their owner [Robert Sarver], we just acquired Real Mallorca, a Spanish soccer club. So we’re in pretty regular contact, I’ve got a lot of friends there. I might be open to working for the Suns in the future. (…) I’m not ready to do it at this time.”
The Suns will miss the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year this season and Marcus Morris has joked that Sarver, their owner since 2004, “should fire himself.” “I like Jeff as a person, Jeff is a great guy, a good coach,” Marcus Morris said. “I don’t think it was too much him, and things like that. I think it was the organization in general.”
The Phoenix Suns have strong interest in former star guard Steve Nash for their coaching vacancy, but Nash is not interested in going into full-time coaching at this time, according to league sources. Sources told ESPN that Suns owner Robert Sarver, even before firing Jeff Hornacek early Monday morning after the team’s overnight arrival in Phoenix after a four-game road trip, has had Nash high on his list of potential targets to take over the team.
As the Suns regroup, expect one name to surface: Steve Nash, the two-time MVP and former franchise point guard, who has been operating as a part-time consultant for Golden State this season, parachuting into the Bay Area as needed. Suns owner Robert Sarver’s affection for Nash is well known – the two recently bought controlling interest of a Spanish soccer club – and there is no question the return of Nash would reinvigorate the fan base.
Nash has yet to indicate when, or if, he intends to seek a larger role in the NBA, or what kind of role he would look for. Intelligent and widely respected, Nash’s potential is seemingly limitless. Coaching is an option, although Nash’s balky back could make a front-office position more appealing. Currently Nash is the general manager of the Canadian men’s national basketball team, a job he enjoys, friends say, and a it’s title he has held since 2012. But a write-your-own-ticket offer from Phoenix, where Nash remains hugely popular, could be too appealing to pass up. The Suns have a bright young general manager in Ryan McDonough, whose role was enhanced when Lon Babby, Phoenix’s former president of basketball operations, stepped down last summer, but many believe Sarver will do whatever it takes to lure Nash back.