Knicks 'will make an inquiry' regarding possible availability of Suns

The NBA trade-rumor mill has recently included Steve Nash’s name,
although that is viewed more as speculation than anything else.

Still, the Knicks are going to do their due diligence, just in case the
Suns are actually interested in moving the face of their franchise.

The Knicks "will make an inquiry," one team source said regarding Nash’s possible availability.

The Suns are 4-4 and probably wouldn’t trade Nash until later in the season, and only if they fall out of the playoff race.

Coming off their embarrassing defeat in Minnesota on Friday, when they blew a 21-point lead and allowed Kevin Love pour in 31 points and grab 31 rebounds, the Knicks have to explore their options.

"If you can do something to make the team better, you do it," team president Donnie Walsh said, speaking in general terms about trades after the team’s practice Saturday in Greenburgh. "That’s pretty obvious. But in the meantime, you’ve got to play games, you’ve got to play the right way, you’ve got to get better and that’s where we are."

Mike D’Antoni had his greatest success coaching Nash in Phoenix before he came to take over he Knicks, who are 3-6 and have lost four straight entering Sunday night’s game at the Garden against the Rockets. He still is close with Nash and called his former playmaker to congratulate him on the birth of his son Friday. Nash made more off the court news Saturday, announcing that he and his wife, Alejandra, are in the process of a divorce after having lived separately for several month.

D’Antoni would not comment about the possibility of making a move for Nash, who likely would not want to leave Phoenix for the Knicks.

With the Knicks falling, D’Antoni and Walsh are far more concerned about the team’s lack of mental toughness and failure to close out close games.

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