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Nash generates buzz after reported offer from Raptors

The Canadian Press

7/2/2012 1:08:28 PM

TORONTO -- The buzz surrounding free-agent point guard Steve Nash continued Monday as the Canadian star was expected to meet with the Brooklyn Nets one day after receiving a personal pitch from the Toronto Raptors and New York Knicks.

There was not word on whether the Nets proposed a deal close to what Toronto is reportedly offering. ESPN said Sunday that the Raptors tabled a US$36-million, three-year deal and even employed the services of Wayne Gretzky to help deliver the pitch.

The Nets would reportedly rather keep all-star point guard Deron Williams, but the 38-year-old Nash could fill the void if Williams were to leave for another team.

Nash is reportedly going to meet with Phoenix, his current team, Dallas and Miami later this week.

Nash, a two-time NBA MVP, is still playing at a high level. Last season he averaged 12.5 points and 10.7 assists a game for a mediocre Suns team and passed Hall of Fame point guard Oscar Robertson for fifth in career assists.

Nash grew up in Victoria and was named the general manager of the Canadian men's basketball team in May.