Two future Hall of Famers from the 1996 Draft Class just became teammates.

In a move that probably has sent your favorite Laker fan into a high for the past two hours, the Los Angeles Lakers essentially traded pennies on the dollar (future draft picks in 2013 & 2015) to Phoenix for two-time league MVP Steve Nash according to ESPN. The deal gives the Lakers a legit starting point guard while letting Phoenix easily tank their litle hearts away and usher in the Kendall Marshall era with some sort of style.

On paper, the Lakers look offensively dynamic. Nash is by and large the ageless wonder in the NBA, having led the league in assist the past three seasons while his aged gets upped every year. His work with a solid big man in Phoenix led to pick & roll symmetry that wound up getting Ama’re Stoudemire a max deal in New York. It gives Kobe Bryant a bit of freedom from having to be the main ball handler in Laker Land while also causing the same sort of questions about the Lakers we had last year when Chris Paul was to be traded to them – if not for “basketball reasons”.

Does it make them better on defense to stop anyone else above them in the West? No but it does make those Staples Center wars with the Clippers even sweeter to see Nash & CP3 conduct while leading their respective squads. Only thing is – what do the Lakers do after attempting to toss their wagon into a “win now” philosophy?