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“I love the Spurs. I’ve played my whole career with them,” said Parker, who San Antonio could use as a bargaining chip to land a high first-round selection. “Of course I’ve heard the rumors. The NBA is a big business and hopefully I can stay with the Spurs.”

The rumors swirling around Nash and Gortat were persistent enough that Suns President of Basketball Operations Lon Babby said in an e-mail Wednesday, “We are not trading Marcin Gortat, period. End of sentence. We are not trading Steve Nash, period, exclamation point.”

That was good news to Nash, who isn’t keen on playing anywhere else.

“I only focus on trying to get our team back into contention,” Nash said. “I don’t pay attention to anything else. But it’s nice that they say, you know, ‘We want you here.’”