When it comes to teams dealing with superstar players who can become unrestricted free agents at the end of this season, the Suns are essentially the polar opposite of the Magic.
While Dwight Howard has tortured the franchise by changing his mind nearly every four minutes about what his intentions are, in Phoenix, Steve Nash and the Suns have been on the same page since training camp.
And now, with the trade deadline less than 24 hours away? Nothing has changed.
Nash still doesn’t appear to be going anywhere, and at this point, neither does anyone else currently on the Suns roster. The team’s president of basketball operations, Lon Babby, went on local radio Wednesday afternoon and said that no deals are even close.
“We’re working the phones constantly just to make sure that we’ve left no stone unturned,” Babby said, as transcribed by Seth Pollack at SBNation’s Suns blog. “But if you asked me for a prediction, I’d say there’s nothing even remotely close to doing right now so it would have to be something that kind of fell out of the sky in the final 12 or 24 hours.”
“I would anticipate that we would not do anything,” Babby said later in the interview. “But I suppose it’s possible something could come together quickly.”
Alvin Gentry was mum on the topic, giving a short and clearly prepared answer when I asked him before Wednesday night’s game if he anticipated anything happening.
“You’ll have to talk to Lance and Lon,” Gentry quickly replied. “I’m the coach. You’ll have to talk to them.”
In the Suns’ locker room, Jared Dudley said he wasn’t anticipating any deals to go down, either. But he did qualify it with a “you never know,” while discussing how things tend to get done fairly quickly once the time left before that deadline starts to run out.
The bottom line in Phoenix is this: It’s quiet. There have been no serious talks, no rumors, and no superstar free-agent-to-be creating a bunch of drama by publicly changing his mind minute by minute about whether or not he wants to stay with the franchise.
Orlando should be so fortunate.