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by Reggie Noble on July 4, 2012

Sources told ESPN.com that the Nash, with the New York Knicks also pressing hard to complete a simiilar sign-and-trade deal, was swayed to join the Lakers after a determined push from Bryant and because the move not only keeps him in the title hunt but will allow Nash to stay in close proximity to his three children in Phoenix.

Nash will receive a three-year deal in excess of $25 million, sources said, because the Suns ultimately agreed to sign-and-trade him to the Lakers, who can absorb Nash via the trade exception they created by dealing Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks in December.

The deal can't be officially completed until July 11, when a leaguewide moratorium on new business is lifted, but the Suns will receive a package of future draft picks after initially rebuffing Nash's requests to be traded to the Suns' divisional rivals.

The 38-year-old point guard should make Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, and Andrew Bynum all better. You’ve got to now seriously consider the Lakers a legitimate contender.

He’s also reportedly trying to woo another savvy veteran to the Staples Center.

Nash will try to convince longtime teammate Grant Hill, one of his closest friends in the game, to join him with the Lakers. ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher reported over the weekend the Lakers were one of four teams (along with Toronto, New York and Phoenix) in the running for Hill after the 39-year-old's recent trip to Germany undergo the same platelet-enrichment treatment on his knee that Bryant credited for his rejuvenated knee last season.

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