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Steve Nash Free Agency Rumors 2012: New York Knicks Meet With Nash, Discuss Sign-And-Trade Possibilities, According To Report

The New York Knicks are exploring multiple avenues to acquire Steve Nash, including a sign-and-trade deal that could potentially allow the Knicks to offer Nash up to $8 million per season, according to Marc Berman of the New York Post.

Berman reports that Nash visited the Knicks' practice facility in Greenburgh, N.Y., for a tour and three-hour meeting on Sunday, during which they discussed the possibilities of a sign-and-trade deal with the Phoenix Suns.

Finding a workable sign-and-trade would be crucial to New York's pursuit of Nash, since they can only offer the mini mid-level exception starting at $3.09 million otherwise.

The Toronto Raptors are reportedly willing to offer Nash a three-year, $36 million deal which the Knicks cannot match. But New York can offer him several other draws, including the chance to play in New York (where Nash lives during the offseason) and a team expected to be considerably more competitive than Toronto's.

Possibilities to be moved in a sign-and-trade for Nash include Dan Gadzuric, Landry Fields, Toney Douglas and Jerome Jordan. If they can't acquire Nash, the Knicks are likely to target Jason Kidd or Raymond Felton.

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