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Suns owners says Nash will not be traded

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The Phoenix Suns end of the trade with Orlando was about saving money — getting the bloated Turkoglu deal off the books, getting in a Vince Carter contract that can be bought out next year. It was about clearing out cap space for the future while not making the team drastically weaker in the short-term (Carter is not as good as Richardson for this offense, but Marcin Gortat will help in the paint).

This planning for the future begs the next logical question:

Will Steve Nash be traded next?

No. Suns owner Steve Sarver told Marc Stein of ESPN that in no uncertain terms. Not even thinking about it. (Other reports have echoed the same sentiment.)

Said Sarver: “This deal has nothing to do with [trading] Nash. We have no intention to trade him….”

As one team insider said: “It would be like the Colts trading Peyton Manning. Sarver doesn’t want to be that guy.”

Steve Nash is a Phoenix institution, a part of the community and not just a basketball player. Payton Manning is a good analogy — he’s more than just another athlete to that city.

The only way Nash gets traded is if he comes to the Suns and asks to be moved. And that’s not Nash. Not his style.

Maybe he will down the line, one summer or one future deadline he will decide he wants one last run at the ring bad enough to leave town. But not likely, and certainly not this year. Steve Nash will remain a Sun for now.

Dwight Howard played through torn MCL and meniscus in playoffs

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Dwight Howard hasn’t exactly been healthy in recent years. He missed half of last season with various injuries, including a two-month stretch from January to March after undergoing a knee procedure. On Thursday, he told a Houston radio station that the knee problems continued after that, and he had torn ligaments and cartilage during the Rockets’ Western Conference Finals series against the Warriors:

It’s a little alarming that we didn’t hear about this until now. Sometimes these injuries can heal without surgery, but Howard can become a free agent next summer, so you would think he would want to get any lingering issues addressed ahead of time. Considering his age (he’ll be 30 in December) and his injury history, this isn’t a great sign. A healthy Howard is the difference between the Rockets being a legitimate title contender and an als0-ran, so hopefully these problems are behind him and he can stay healthy this season.

Report: Trevor Booker suspended one game for Hibbert altercation

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On Tuesday night, Jazz big man Trevor Booker was ejected from a preseason game against the Lakers for taking a swing at Roy Hibbert during a scrap.

Now, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski reports that Booker will be suspended one game for the hit, meaning he’ll miss the Jazz’ October 28 season opener against the Pistons:

Considering he was already ejected, a one-game suspension seems about right.