Steve Nash had the honors Wednesday as Knicks sign-and-trade talks with Phoenix ultimately fell short to an unexpected Lakers' bid tonight despite Glen Grunwald's willingness to thrust prized combo guard Iman Shumpert into the mix.

The Lakers may have gotten back into title contention as the two-time NBA MVP is headed to La-La land after the Suns negotiated a sign-and-trade deal with them instead. The deal was first reported by a Phoenix radio host John Gambadoro tonight. Gambadoro had tweeted earlier in the day that Nash preferred a deal sending him to Los Angeles because of the same reason.