Marc Stein of ESPN.com writes -
That’s despite the fact that the Blazers, sources say, are still trying hard to pry Nash away from the Suns. RealGM.com, meanwhile, reported Sunday that the Magic likewise want to try to acquire Nash before the deadline as a means of appeasing Howard.
“Portland,” says one source close to the situation, “has been interested in Nash for a while.”
Said another: “Because of his age and because he can leave in the summer, offers for Nash haven’t been as star-laden as you’d think.”
Yet even if the Blazers were willing to include the widely coveted Nicolas Batum in a package for Nash — which is a matter of debate depending on who’s doing the gossiping — sources say Phoenix continues to put out the message that it won’t deal Nash unless Nash asks to be traded. Which is something Nash has consistently said he won’t do.