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Thursday, May 10, 2012
Amare: Nash in N.Y. 'would be great'

By ESPNNewYork.com

No love for Jeremy Lin, Amare?

Before the Knicks' Game 5 loss in Miami, power forward Amare Stoudemire said it "would be great" to have his former Phoenix teammate Steve Nash, a free agent this summer, in New York next season.

"Everyone knows that Steve loves New York and that New York loves Steve," Stoudemire told the Daily News. "I love Steve. It would be great to have him here next year."

Nash, who will turn 39 next season, told ESPN.com's Marc Stein last month that he'd like to "sign for three more years this summer" and play beyond his 40th birthday when he either inks a new deal to stay with the Suns or finds a new team via free agency.

The Knicks' point guard position is in flux.

Lin will be a restricted free agent this summer. Thanks to a clause in the collective bargaining agreement, New York will be able to offer Lin the most money in the first year of his contract. But, to do so, they will likely have to dip into their mid-level exception.

Given their limited salary cap space, this would preclude them from making a significant offer to Nash. Unless, of course, they let Lin walk and sign Nash instead, or Nash agrees to take a significant pay cut and sign for the veteran's minimum.

Nash has said he wants to play for a team capable of contending for a title.