Lakers News: Steve Nash Not Expected To Play Against Pelicans

Lakers News: Steve Nash Not Expected To Play Against Pelicans


With Steve Nash not getting younger at 39 and dealing with multiple health issues, the two-time NBA MVP will not be playing back-to-back games for the Los Angeles Lakers until he’s at 100 percent.

Heading into tonight’s game on the road against the Houston Rockets, Nash is expected to start alongside Steve Blake in the backcourt, but isn’t expected to play against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday according to Mark Medina of L.A. Daily News via Twitter:

Blake will likely assume the role as the starting point guard against New Orleans on Friday with Nash sitting on the second game of a back-to-back. In the loss to the Golden State Warriors, Blake and Jodie Meeks were the starters in the backcourt, which will probably be the case against the Pelicans.

With Nash continuing to deal with injury issues, the trade rumors surrounding the future Hall of Famer will likely continue to circulate. Nash was recently mentioned in a trade rumor with the Toronto Raptors supposedly interested in acquiring the veteran point guard.

In four games this season, Nash has averaged 6.5 points and 5.0 assists while shooting 28.1 percent from the floor. Obviously, not ideal numbers for a player the Lakers are paying over $9.3 million this season and $9.7 million the next.

UPDATE: Tonight’s starters have been announced.

Steve Nash Still Dealing With Injury Issues From Broken Leg Last Year

  • joe23

    This is a loss money… thats y they get pay mils. of $$$ to play… i love nash but this is unfair to the company,,, he need to go or trade him for a guy that can play every game.

    • Daryl Peek

      I feel you but the Spurs and Heat don’t look at it like that. Just saying.

    • LakeShow

      Actually a good think for the Lakers, they will lose more games = lottery pick!

      • meep

        lakers dont really build from the draft and last time lakers had a top 15 pick, byunm didnt even play much for his first few years. that even when we had guys like brown and chris mihm at center. ok maybe he did his second season, but still my point is lakers dont build though the draft and if they do it not that often

        • Elis

          Actually, No Bynum no back to back championships.. Also, Lakers got Kobe and D-fish through the draft. Bynum was also traded for an nba superstar. The league is changing, the lakers won’t be able to get all stars through free agency anymore. The rookie contracts with team options make it really hard to get young promising players. Also, we dont have anything player wise nor coaching wise to attract all stars. We are a sinking ship. Just face it, it’s time to rebuild through the draft

          • meep

            well the first ring bynum was hurt but the second one yes bynum help and that why i said if we do draft it not often they drafted fisher ok, they traded for kobe didnt really draft him and it wasnt till like 9 years later we got bynum. so lakers arent really a team that build though a draft. most of the time we build though trades and free agents

    • meep

      would you say that about the spurs, when pop rest parker and ducan from time to time.

  • lakers_824

    I think nash should not be under contract for 9 mill next year……he needs to be traded we can use that exrtra 9 mill on some one usefull and productive or even get 4 superstars lool. Sign kobe, gasol, melo, mark gasol, and rudy gay.

    • meep

      unless all of them take a huge pay cut that will not happen. lakers will get kobe and maybe one or 2 superstars if were lucky. why do the lakers have to get high paid superstars. why cant they try to get young stars who are on the rise. i bet lakers could get someone like the young center from the cavs zeller i think is his name or one of the big man from the pistons. maybe just maybe lakers could get one of the top B list point guards who will be out there. to make a team you just dont need super stars. you need a good overall team. star power alone wont always get you a ring.

      • lakers_824

        agree but i would love to see a pau and mark combo in the middle that would be crazyyy!!!

        • meep

          i think a team like Greivis Vasquez, kobe, one or 2 super stars and Greg Monroe would be a fun team to watch. with the bench filled with some guys from this year team. the gasol combo would be fun, but i think a better chance of that happening if they play for the giz

      • zsakokos1

        we all know lakers..its a team that don’t rebuild, they reload..

        • Gekko14

          This was the way of the old Lakers. The problem is the NBA has changed.
          1) The Luxury Tax is a lot more strict. It is a huge expense to get those mega contracts. It think the Tax can get up to $3 for every $1 in salary! That is like paying for 3 Kobes and getting 1.
          2) The players seem to be in control more than in the past. Look at LeBron, Wade and Bosh in Miami. I think we can all agree that they talked amongst themselves about going to Miami. Its not like Riley signed all of them independently. It was a package signing. If that is the new trend of the NBA free agency, then the new core of the Lakers is in 2014 and it is a package.
          The point I am trying to make is that things have changed. The old way of doing things has changed.
          I think we are going to be a lot more active in the draft. We will see a lot of contracts expiring at the same time and package signings like they did in Miami.

    • Jojob

      I wouldn’t be so quick to trade Nash. His salary will come off the books just in time for the 2015 free agency period. That’s a better opportunity to get key players than this upcoming 2014 free agency period.

      (In 2014 I’m thinking Luol Deng is the best player we might get who would help us play better team ball and who would actually come here. Lebron isn’t coming. Melo hates playing defense and isn’t the best choice for the kind of well-meshed team play that is necessary for a team to contend for a championship. Mark Gasol isn’t going anywhere. In 2015 there may be a shot at Love and/or Aldrige.)

      In any event, we’ll need to be under the cap for both 2014 and 2015. Having Nash’s contract expire then would help and he could be a useful mentor in the meantime.

      • Gekko14

        Mentor who? Jordan Farmer is the youngest on the team at that position and he won a ring.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    Steve Nash biggest fan is this guy.SMH @Mike D’Antoni sitting him out yet again.Another L?

  • C*HarrisTHEboss