New York also will try to lure Nash, who appears ready to leave after eight seasons with the Phoenix Suns, a franchise many professed would be his last.
"I couldn't list a favorite," Nash told ESPN.com, "but I do know that for the first time I realize that it might not be Phoenix. I would have said even in the middle of (last) season or last year that I would have thought I probably would have stayed in Phoenix forever, but it's come to a point now where I'm facing the reality that's not (the case).
"The Raptors would be one of those teams where you're probably not going there to win a championship in the next three years. For me it'd be going home to Canada, to a great city, and trying to help an organization move forward."
Home is where the heart is, and several free agents will have to choose exactly where their heart belongs.