Lakers Nation Debate: Should The Lakers Explore A Nash Trade?

Lakers Nation Debate: Should The Lakers Explore A Nash Trade?

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Topic Of Debate: Steve Nash, and whether or not the Lakers should consider trading him.

Context: When the Lakers completed a sign-and-trade for Steve Nash on July 4, 2012, lots of Laker fans were excited about the prospect of Kobe Bryant finally playing with a pure point guard. And when the Lakers acquired center Dwight Howard in that same off-season, it took the Nash hype to another level, as many felt that he and Dwight would be the most unstoppable force in the pick-and-roll.

When the preseason came in the 2012-2013 season, it was evident that former Lakers head coach Mike Brown couldn’t find a way to incorporate Nash, as he reverted him to being a spot-up shooter in his efforts to implement the Princeton offense. Ultimately this led to the hiring of Mike D’Antoni, who was given the opportunity of trying to find a way to incorporate all the pieces that the Lakers had acquired, and especially Steve Nash, as his three-year, 27-million dollar contract required that he play an intricate part on this team.

Well, unfortunately for D’Antoni, two games into the 2012-2013 campaign Nash suffered a non-displaced fracture in his left leg. The injury was expected to keep him out for one week, but in reality it would keep him out the starting lineup for seven.

Nash would miss a career-high of 32 games in the regular season, and average his fewest assists (6.7) since the 1999-2000 season as a part-time starter in Dallas.

Coming into this season, Nash made it known that he is still suffering nerve damage from his broken leg, which would ultimately force the Lakers to re-tool their roster in order to aid Nash throughout this year. And to make matters worse, Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni announced that Nash would likely have to sit out on the second nights of back-to-backs.

Through six games Nash hasn’t been spectacular, yet the rumor mil around the NBA mentions a few teams that may be interested in trading for Nash. To some this idea might not be  bad for the Lakers, as Nash continues to show signs of age with his regressed play. The ultimate question the Lakers must answer is: Is Nash’s salary worth the investment if the Lakers are not in position to win a championship?

Verdict: We took this poll question to Twitter to get a fans take on the idea and where they stood on the concept of a Nash trade.

I presented the poll question:

Here are some of the responses.

All these responses are great takes, but the one that I agree with more than any of the four  above is the point made from @MambaBlains.

While I think that the Lakers likely won’t get much value from Nash, as they may get a 2nd round pick and a throw-away guy in a teams rotation, it’s very key that the Lakers shed Nash’s salary of 19-million over the next two years.

It would make sense for the Lakers to have this contract on their payroll if they were contenders, but given the fact that they aren’t (right now at least), paired with Nash’s decline, it’s only logical that the front office  fields some offers.

Nash is a great guy, and could have been a very critical piece on a championship caliber Lakers team, but things just haven’t worked out in that way. His ship has sailed sadly, and it might be time for the Lakers to move on.

What’s your take?

Steve Blake Game Winning Shot Over Dwight Howard And The Rockets

  • LakersHeatBeef


  • Rigged4fun


  • C*HarrisTHEboss

    We should make Nash our head coach

  • Daryl Peek

    Dave McMenamin ‏@mcten5m

    Monty Williams on Kobe Bryant: “His will is contagious” –VinoBlake

    Dave McMenamin ‏@mcten2m

    Lakers starters: Blake, Meeks, Young, Gasol, Kaman

    All good!

    • C*HarrisTHEboss

      what a worthless comment

      • Daryl Peek

        Really? How so?

    • Gregory Choa

      Interesting…going with Young again at the 3 instead of X…makes sense – those are the two guys not-named-Kobe who can actually create their own shot. When Kobe comes back, I suspect both Young and Henry become reserves and Wes will become a starter the rest of the way.

  • CJ


  • Golteb

    Trade Gasol! He is not very effective at the final stretch. D’Antoni should try Kaman at crunch time

    • ra

      If Gasol goes, the Lakers become ‘really’ small. Even the 2006 Suns had Amare Stoudemire. You think that the defense is porous now? There will be no ‘big presence’ to stop teams from slashing to the basket.

      The only ‘possible’ one for one trade would be Gasol for Kevin Love, which I’m sure would never happen.

      Need bigs to clog up the paint. Kaman is ‘not big enough’ (and too slow) to stop slashers.

      • Eddie Lazaro

        It all depends on who you are getting out of them.

  • ra

    No trades this year. The FO should stick with this squad that they so carefully picked, and see how it plays out this year.

    If they ‘accidentally’ tank, we’ll have some nice draft picks to choose from.

    If they ‘accidentally’ reach the Finals, then we can stick with this squad.

    This is an experimental team anyway.

    (Also, on the plus side, if they hold on to Nash, they may have a good player coach next year (or … head coach … or assistant head coach))

  • Lakers

    We need to go back to the DOMINANT BIG Man(not soft), but this time surround that particular big man with faster players!!

    • ra

      Very few dominant bigs left in the NBA. Hibbert, definitely. Lopez bros.? (a little dominant), Marc Gasol, a few others. DeMarcus Cousins? Kevin Love (great rebounder).

      The big men are being ‘categorically’ devolved from NBA. Shaq was really the last dominant big. Bynum was a ‘little’ dominant, but look at him now – he’s thinking of retiring. Orthokine injections didn’t help much, acc’d to him.

      (oh forgot DH, def. NOT a dominant big).

      Oden … ha! And like Yao Ming, these bigs are mostly ‘talls’ who have structural problems playing in the NBA.

      Ok, sounds like we have to turn the clock back about 10 years to find some good dominant bigs. Or, is there a prospect in the draft?

  • Lakers Fan

    Gasol is more of a problem than Nash. The guy is 7th and soft as cotton. He has let another center come to his team and outplay him. Hill has outplayed him as well. If anybody needs to be traded, it’s Pau. I don’t know how much more I can take of watching him get scored on at will. Watching his effort is even worse. If we can trade Nash as well as Pau, that would be great. But Pau should be more on the trading block than Nash. We need to move him now while he has more value. There is no way we can continue to pay this guy 19 mil to get murdered on defense and contribute little to nothing on offense.

  • hookedonnews

    Tired of this subject. Nash can still do the job. MDA just needs to stop making him sit out games. He says he can still play at a high level. From what I’ve seen I believe him. All he needs is to get his shooting stroke back to normal. Once those shots start falling he’ll be fine. He’s getting the open shots. They’re just not falling like they normally do.

    • Ransom Ballard

      Yeah, but no because Nash’s health is poor especially for an old man like him.

      • hookedonnews

        I don’t agree. Yes, he has the nerve issues, etc.,but they don’t keep him from playing. He has played fine. MDA is just sitting him for be cautious, not because he’s injured or can’t play. Yes, he’s 39. John Stockton was playing at 40. Everyone is not the same. Some people are done at 35 or earlier. Nash’s problems all stem from the broken leg, not because he’s old. Once his shot starts falling all this talk is going to go away.

        • Ransom Ballard

          Well whatever it is Nash has to stay healthy this year regardless.

          • hookedonnews

            I agree. They need him, especially with Kobe out.

  • Darth v.

    MDA needs to play Hill more. Pau is just so soft. Also stop playing Blake in crunch time, sure he hit the winning basket…but how many turnovers and missed shot has he done in all of their games..let nick young be the scorer he is..what he was signed for..