The Phoenix Suns and Los Angeles Lakers have agreed to a sign-and-trade deal that will send point guard Steve Nash to L.A. in exchange for a series of draft picks, according to John Gambadoro of 620 KTAR in Phoenix. The deal has since been confirmed by other sources, including Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports.
It's unclear what picks are exactly being given up by L.A. at this point, but the Lakers now have one of the league's best point guards despite Nash's advancing age. With a roster that already includes star-level players in Kobe Bryant, Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol, this move seriously boosts the Lakers' odds of competing for the title next year.
It had previously been reported that the New York Knicks were emerging as the top suitor for Nash, but it appears that the Suns wanted to send him somewhere that would allow him to stay closer to his family. The deal also removes another option from the market for teams like the Chicago Bulls that are seeking additional firepower.