One major hiccup in 'Nash to Toronto' is the stated belief (by others, not Nash himself) that he is looking for a ring - or at least the chance to compete for one.
Looking into the landscape of the Eastern conference and beyond, how long before we could be in that group?
First, the roster hypotheticals of the 2012/13 Toronto Raptors:
-Obviously, adding Nash.
-Converting Jose into a legitimate starting SF (either through trade, or amnesty and FA signing).
That leaves us with some reasonable positions to fill; backup guards through the draft and FA.
I don't want this to become a roster speculation thread; Let's say Bayless and Gray return, and we draft Lamb.
Batum*/JJ/Kleiza (*or substitute someone similar)
Projecting that roster against the East - I only see 2 teams that are in 'another league'.
Miami and Chicago.
Looking to the West, who is in 'another league'? The Thunder, Spurs (for now), and maybe L.A.
Playoffs next year? Seems extremely probable.
That unit playing together for 3 years? ...
I think being a playoff team and challenging against the top 2 seeds in the conference for a shot at the big dance is exactly the type of situation that could appeal to Nash ... I guess the only question is: how much of a homer-lunatic am I for the optimism? You decide.