Is Nash D-Will Back-Up Plan?

BOSTON, MA - MARCH 02: Steve Nash #13 of the Phoenix Suns drives around Kevin Garnett #5 of the Boston Celtics on March 2, 2011 at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Suns 115-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Other than Deron Williams, the two biggest names in free agency are Steve Nash and Kevin Garnett. Tim Duncan doesn't count." Both future Hall of Famers, they can still produce despite their advanced age. Nash is 38; Garnett 36.

Both were mentioned this weekend as possible free agents targets of the Nets, if...

Marc Stein reports of Nash's free agency: "three teams with salary-cap space best positioned to make a credible run at the 38-year-old, at this early juncture, are Portland, Toronto and Brooklyn (should the Nets lose D-Will)." Nash is believed to want a three-year deal wherever he signs, taking him past 40. Nash wants to emulate John Stockton, who played till 42.

Shaun Powell of NBA.com, similarly writes of Garnett, "There’s also Brooklyn, but only if the Nets keep Williams and get Dwight Howard and somehow convince KG to take a little less." That scenario is a bit complicated by KG's historic unwillingness to "take a little less" and that agent Andy Miller represents both Garnett and Ersan Ilyasova.

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