Evans Clinchy
Saturday January 7th, 2012

Time's running out for Steve Nash, the 16-year veteran point guard who turns 38 next month, to pursue the NBA championship he's always wanted, and it sure doesn't look likely he'll win one in Phoenix, for the hopelessly mediocre Suns. But Nash remains adamant: He will not ask for a trade.

"It's not my style," Nash told Marc Stein in tonight's ESPN Weekend Dime. "Maybe I'm old school, but I feel like that's not my place to give up on my team, give up on my teammates. I signed a contract and made a commitment."

Nash has been with the Suns since 2004, when he signed a six-year, $65 million contract. He extended that deal in the summer of '09 for two years and $22 million more. He's finally got an expiring contract this season for the first time, and now would be the time for the Suns to move him, but Nash doesn't see it happening.

"It's got to be a situation that works for two teams," he told Stein. "I don't know how simple that is. But before we even get to that part of it, I just feel that I owe it to my teammates to stay committed to them. I feel that I owe it to the fans and the organization to fight." The Suns are 2-4 this season going into tonight's tilt with the Blazers. They went 40-42 last year, their first losing season of the Nash era, and missed the playoffs.

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