Toronto Star: "There's about as much a chance (of Nash leaving Dallas) as me turning into a 7-footer with a 47-inch vertical leap by tomorrow," said Cuban, who, standing courtside last night, looked to be a 6-footer with no vertical leap to speak of.
Indeed, the prospect of Nash leaving the team with which he's played since 1999 â€” the team with which he transformed himself from underachieving injury case into one of the most widely admired players in the game â€” seems remote. Glimpse the Mavericks' performance with Nash out of the lineup for the first extended stretch in two seasons â€” a loss last night and a loss in Washington the night before, when the Canadian played just seven minutes â€” and you get an idea of his indispensability. To think Cuban won't outbid the thrifty folks who run Raptorland â€” well, it's unlikely.
"I've formed a lot of relationships with my teammates," said Nash. "These are things that go a long way, a lot further than money ... It would be difficult to leave Dallas, but if the day came that I had to leave then obviously Toronto would be my first choice."