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Lakers Rumors: Lakers May Opt Against ‘Stretching’ Steve Nash

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With only 21 games remaining, the Los Angeles Lakers have nearly completed another disappointing season. Steve Nash has again been saddled by injury, Kobe Bryant has only managed to play in six games and Pau Gasol has continued to voice his frustration with Mike D’Antoni and the direction of the offense. Along with the expectation of getting a lottery pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, some believed the Lakers may also be active in the free agent market, given their forthcoming cap space.

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However, general manager Mitch Kupchak recently stated the team may not fill their entire cap space, which Bleacher Report’s Kevin Ding corroborates and expands on with respect to Steve Nash:

And the fact is, as of this time, Nash will get one last chance to play next season with the Lakers, who are not planning a free-agent spending spree this summer and are therefore thinking it does not make sense to use the stretch provision to waive Nash.

By stretching Nash’s contract, the Lakers would be able to pay the remaining $9.7 million over three years, which would lower the amount of the annual hit to their salary cap. While some may be in favor of stretching Nash so as to finally part ways with the point guard who has been unable to stay healthy since joining the Lakers, absorbing Nash’s contract for just one more season could be more advantageous. Several players could opt-out of their contracts this summer, but nothing is guaranteed.

Should the Lakers wind up deciding to waive Nash, the point guard tells Ding he would then retire:

“That would be it,” he said. “I’ll either be back here or I’ll be done.”

Nash has worked tirelessly to recover from nerve-root irritation that has affected his legs and already problematic back, but after playing four games in early February, he was shut down again due to injury. Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni recently conceded the point guard who led his Phoenix Suns teams may not suit up again this season. What, if anything, the current oldest player in the league at age 40, will be able to contribute next season is largely unknown. It may not be an issue however, if the Lakers re-sign Jordan Farmar or guarantee Kendall Marshall’s contract, which may result in Nash be relegated to limited minutes.

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Matthew Moreno is a journalist from Whittier, Calif., serving as an associate editor at Dodgers Nation. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Moreno also contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as a co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football.

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  • Daryl Peek

    Argued this before. It makes more sense to keep him then to have 3 plus mil of dead salary on the books for the next three years. That hurts the future…

    • Chrmngblly

      Mathematically you are a stupid person.

      • Daryl Peek

        Analytically you are an ignorant person.

        • Chrmngblly

          I hardly think so. You are an intelligent blowhard who substitutes feelings for facts. What is called for here is a decision tree. I just wish you would let some of the hot air out.

          • Daryl Peek

            Everyone has their opinions.

            Until you can progress (grow up) to a level of not allowing your emotions run your though process in attacking people you don’t even know on a personal level, you will remain the aforementioned.

          • Chrmngblly

            POT CALLS KETTLE BLACK!—read all about it…

          • Daryl Peek

            Only after you disrespect people first. I don’t play that game but I will not allow people to just freely call me out of my name and be disrespectful.

          • Chrmngblly

            But you do. How many times has everyone seen you pull your “child” routine on someone else who sees things differently? Can only those who agree with you be thought of as adults?

            You are overbearing and full of hot air. Why do you suppose I chose to use ridicule to try to relieve some of the pressure? I don’t hate you or think you are dumb. I just see what you do and it seems so unnecessary. The pomposity is unbecoming.

            If you don’t see that, then we disagree.

          • Daryl Peek

            Then once again we’ll agree to disagree. When I reference Child Please to anyone on this site or even in my personal life it’s in retaliation. I rarely start the beef on that level. Most of the time people get frustrated and angry in the debate, and start throwing personal jabs as you do with Me. I try to keep it as cordial as possible but when you continue to insult me personally it’s on!

          • Chrmngblly

            I can only hope I survive. I never considered it a beef. I only hope you’ll take a look at yourself and turn it down a notch, honest man that you claim to be. So few of us can be perfect, huh?

          • Daryl Peek

            I don’t claim to be perfect. I just choose not to berate someone til they come at me. I can not like what someone is saying and disagree all day but will not cross the childish line til they do so with me.

          • Chrmngblly

            OK. Enjoy.

  • Politically Incorrect

    Fuck Steve Nash!This jerk stole millions of dollars from the Lakers.He sabotaged the Lakers.GTFO Nash.

    • Carters Room

      Your such a moron. Nash broke his leg playing FOR THE LAKERS. He didn’t steal a single penny.

      • Chrmngblly

        The other team’s YOUNG guard, Damian Lillard, had All-Star seasons both years since then. Maybe Nash should wear catcher’s shin guards or leggings or knee pads like you wear when you beg your lady to let you in bed with her. :-)

        • Joseph Rejekt

          He probably should now, but the injury that Nash suffered was quite freak. Being that Lillard despite being young was unscathed and Nash was hurt has little to do with age and more to do with how it happened. If Nash’s legs were the prone legs and Lillard’s knee struck him the right way and caused it, then it’s irrelevant. It’s like the butt of one persons elbow say catching the side of another persons elbow. The side of the one would be weaker in it’s position than the pointed butt of the other.

        • fakerstolakers

          Leg injury is an excuse. Nash had sciatic nerve problems for years. IT IS THE LAKERS FAULT FOR INKING AN OLD MAN WITH INJURIES. THAT IS CALLED LACK OF LEADERSHIP. IF PAT RILEY OR JERRY WEST WAS AROUND THEY WOULD SIGN HIM FOR A MINIMUM AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS.

      • Chrmngblly

        You believe that? Whatever he did to his leg, he did partying WITH the Lakers, not playing for them. Like Bynum and bowling.

    • Jose

      They should just keep him for next season. Love and Durant are not free agents until the end of next season. Nash could act as a player coach for the young point guards. If anything, if he plays well next season he can become a trading piece for a good supporting player. Think of the bigger picture.

    • Albert H

      That was truly one of the dumbest comments I’ve ever read!

      • Al Haldie

        I agree – some people dont have a clue…

      • fakerstolakers

        It is not dumb. But, the anger should be at the GM for inking and old man. Nash has never done anything big in this league. The year he won two MVPs he had to of the best players that willing to pick and drive to the hoop. Amari and Marion. If Nash was playing with Gasol or Lebron, he would another Lin coming off the bench. That is a fact.

        • Albert H

          I stand corrected. This is the dumbest comment I’ve ever read!

  • Politically Incorrect

    Leave now Nash.

  • faraji benson

    Can someone please explain to me this franchise’s decision to hold onto aging players that are obviously over the hill? Pau, Nash, (to some extent) Kobe…I’m baffled because on one hand you’re telling your fan base you don’t really have any plans for the present; on the other hand you’re also telling us that you don’t know how long its going to take to rebuild the franchise (and that you don’t have any timetable for the rebuild).

    Somebody (Jim Buss) doesn’t seem to have a firm grasp on how to proceed. Hate to say it but might be time to check out those dudes down the hall…

    • TTKIN

      Naw the Lakers are lookin just fine. Are we last in the West? Ya, but this season counts as tanking. And honestly, Ive watched teams tank for 20 years, and this yr has not been that bad at all. We’re not losing by 30 every night like Philly. We’re in games for the most part.

      We will get a future star in the draft this yr. Then we’ll have tons of money for free agents NEXT offseason (not this one).

      So the Lakers rebuilding process will take what, 2-3 years? Most teams take 10 years to do this. We’ll have a new roster and I guarantee we’ll have a new coach.

      U want to root for the Clipps, fine. But it just shows bandwagoning and ull be right back on the Lakers’ nuts in less than 5 years…when the Clipps are back to being the cellar dwellers theyve been for 40 years.

    • Joseph Rejekt

      Think in terms of rebuilding. Why hold onto Nash? If you’re not spending money on a superstar next year, you keep him and let his contract expire. Gasol, they tried to trade him for assets and no one wanted to give the Lakers assets. Remember, the Lakers did trade Gasol for Chris Paul, only for Stern to renig on the trade. Remember the Shaq/Kobe years? Know how that was done? By lining up contracts in such a way where everything expired at the same time. That freed up massive cap for Shaq to be signed, Kobe was traded for in what was a cap dump by them for Vlade Divac and then the Lakers put a team around them. That’s what the Lakers are doing again. Looking for 1 or 2 superstars, bringing in a high draft pick and going from there. We saw this blueprint in the late 90′s and we’re seeing it again.

      Laker fans are used to reload and go. Kobe is too old to use for reload and go. Gasol is off the books when the season is over, Nash is off the books after next year, other contracts come off this books this year. Hope that makes sense.

  • TTKIN

    Dont stretch it out. Just let it go next yr and get this bust signing over with.

    • Chrmngblly

      We need to be under the cap 2 out of 3 years (?) or we can’t go over at all the following year and we pay a whopping “repeater penalty tax.” So we may need to stretch him to be under next year for that reason.

      I prefer to just cut the dude and get it over with so we can use his roster spot to develop someone who may have a future with the team. No matter how well he recovers from this “Phantom Menace” nerve thing he has, the Lakers have no use for him in the future. All things do end.

      I want Nash in management or coaching next year and we’d be lucky to have him in either place.

      • Joseph Rejekt

        Chrmngblly, keep in mind, next year Nash is an expiring contract. That’s a big time tradeable asset. Stretching Nash out doesn’t make sense if the Lakers aren’t going to spend money next year. May as well let his contract play out and use him as a tradeable asset at this point. At $9.7 million, that’s a big trade piece. Suppose Kevin Love wanted out of Minnesota. Nash, whoever the Lakers pick in this draft, another contract to bring salaries closer and suddenly the Lakers have Love.

        Stretch Nash, and that 3.2 mil might mean the difference between picking up a second superstar or getting a significant piece to put beside Love and another star.

        • Chrmngblly

          Exactly. We have to play it by ear a little bit.

      • fakerstolakers

        What has Nash done? Dallas dumped him and never regretted. Phoenix had a loaded team for 3 or 4 years and he could never get pass Dallas of the Spurs.

        Are we watching the same player?

        • Chrmngblly

          Yes, and we agree.

  • hookedonnews

    I never thought they would waive Nash because Kupchak said the decision was his whether or not to play next season. If Nash plays limited minutes it won’t be because Kendall Marshall or Farmar are better PGs. It will be because they want to keep him healthy so he’ll be there when they need him. If they have a lineup like they had at the beginning of this season (plus Kobe), no one is going to have to play major minutes. Of course, minutes in any particular game will depend on what’s going on in the game. I look for them to try to bring back Farmar and keep Marshall (cheap). You’re going to need a minimum of 3 PGs. If they do draft Exum, Nash can mentor him. It’s pretty clear that no major moves are going to be made this year, so there’s no reason to keep Nash’s salary on the books for 3 years if he’s able to play. He’s proven he can still play when he’s healthy. What he hasn’t proven is that he can stay on the court for more than a few games. Nash and this team are due for some good luck next season. Two years of this injury hell are enough.

    • Chrmngblly

      You worshipper, hook. I don’t care if he sneaks back onto the froo

      • hookedonnews

        I’m not the one who said that it was up to Nash whether he plays or not. That was Mitch Kupchak. They don’t want to stretch his salary over 3 years. Next year is going to be another year of rebuilding and waiting for free agents in 2015/2016. Nash would not be relieved if he was cut, and neither would a lot of fans who like to watch him play. We don’t need him? We need something. We weren’t winning a lot of games when we had Blake. I don’t have a clue how long he can stay on the court, but I do know something about respecting players like him. He’ll be gone after next season, and you can be happy.

        • Chrmngblly

          Aww Hook. I feel sorry for both you and Nash. With you, sports is something like Chinese ancestor worship. You don’t really care if we win or lose today or how long it takes to build a winning team or even IF we build a winning team, as long as the ancestors are respected.

          • hookedonnews

            You don’t seem to get it. They want to pretty much stand pat next season because they are going to bring in the big guns in 2015 and 2016. I don’t like losing any more than anyone else. I’d say having Nash & Kobe on the court gives us a better chance to win. As I’ve said at least 50 times, I don’t know if Nash can stay healthy. I do know that he’s better when he’s healthy than any PG they have. Since they have made it clear he won’t be waived, and he has made it clear he wants to play, it doesn’t matter what you or I think about the situation. There is no elite PG available right now. They want as much free cap space as possible in the next 2 years when the Rondos, Irvings, Westbrooks, etc. will be free agents. Is there no one you have respect for, or is that a foreign concept? You seem to think that getting rid of Steve Nash is going to be the silver bullet that’s going to make the difference in winning and losing. I don’t think that’s the case, and any NBA analyst will tell you the same thing. If they were willing to spend the money to bring in a comparable player right now you might have a point, but they’re not and the rest of the roster isn’t exactly going great guns without him. I guess you’ll just have to grin and bear it unless Nash decides it’s not worth the effort.

          • Chrmngblly

            I do take your point. I also think we all might have to grin and bear it for some time, if last night is any prediction of the future.
            I mostly think about the chemistry of the overall organization for long term success. I have been trying to imagine how we could build a winner with MDA, but after last night I have to believe my eyes. Just look what Doc has done for the Clippers. It doesn’t matter about Nash as long as MDA is our coach, we still won’t play D.
            It also seems to me, pushing the blame for choosing MDA as our coach off onto the late Dr Jerry Buss just shows further weakness on the part if Jim Buss, the current top banana. Whatever you believe is true of the pain-medicated cancer fatality, Dr. Buss, is up to you. If he chose MDA, he was hallucinating. Did Dr. Buss also choose Mike Brown?
            I don’t think the Lakers will get out of the woods until the FO gets a make-over. I think it is more than just the learning curve for the junior Buss, after all, he has been learning it for the last 20 years or so at daddy’s knee. Could good judgment prevail? I really hope so.
            Back to Nash. Nash is Mr. Irrelevant. He’s never going to get a ring here. With this coach and with this roster, it doesn’t really matter what he does on the court or if he ever even makes it back. When Howard left, the whole theory of why Nash is even in LA went out the window. You seem to believe the words that come out of their mouths. I don’t. And you shouldn’t.
            For the sake of the organization, it would be better if Nash didn’t drag this out another year, regardless of the money. Still, they are on the horns of a dilemma over how to do the “right thing” by any player, in this case Nash, and how to do the best thing for the team. I think the FO could be classy and still be subtle by giving Nash a side door–offer him a job in coaching or in the FO. Right now, Nash is just a big, unnecessary distraction that ties up a roster spot and paying for nothing screws up the cap.
            And I am a Nash admirer.

          • Daryl Peek

            Didn’t Phil say Dr. Buss chose not to hire him? Why would Phil lie about that? How does that benefit him?

          • Chrmngblly

            It allows Phil to be gracious, instead of petty and bitter. We both know more and more stuff slid Jimmy’s way after Dr. Buss became ill. And, we have seen enough people die of cancer to know they are not as on top of their game as they would normally be.

          • Daryl Peek

            The major problem in speculating Dr. Buss not being of sound mind at the time is ignoring the tumultuous Dr. Buss, Phil Jackson history coupled with how he preferred Showtime over the triangle. Dr. Buss was the one who didn’t like paying Phil the big salary he did. Dr. Buss was the one who forced Phil out in 2004. Dr. Buss was the one who didn’t want to rehire Phil in 2005, but was convinced by Jimmy and Mitch to do so. Dr. Buss was the one who was always standoffish with Phil about a FO stake.

            All of these things took place when Dr. Buss was clearly of sound mind, and him not wanting Phil back in 2013 is consistent with the history of the nature of their relationship. Most people got it twisted on Jimmy and are using him as their whipping boy out of respect for Dr. Buss.

            Remember, Jeanie fell out with her dad in 2004 over Phil being forced out… “OMG! They aren’t gonna bring Phil back whether he wins or loses.” Jeanie blurted this out during the 2004 finals against the Pistons. Jeanie didn’t talk to her dad for a long time. She left he business operations post for a time and didn’t start communicating with her dad til he took ill.

          • Chrmngblly

            I didn’t want Phil back either, even though I didn’t know he had cancer. I just was not for MDA, ever.

            I agree about the ego clash between the Phil and the Buss clan, in general. The fans have Dr. Buss to thank, though, for overcoming it and giving us that last 3-peat.

            Picking MDA is an unrelated matter.

          • Daryl Peek

            I don’t hate Phil, I’m not particular about D’Antoni either. For me it’s just about reporting the truth and supporting the team regardless of who the coach is. I’m over the triangle. All eras end and Phil is one who wears on an organization fairly quick.

          • Chrmngblly

            Yeah. The triangle is just one more way of thinking BB. Phil is over. He has been toast for some time, even though so many keep clamoring for his return.

            I would like to see the Lakers let Magic buy back in and be that top guy. It would change the chemistry so much. One can only dream.

  • Kay Carter

    he doesn’t do much even when he plays, especially defensively…..let him retire plz
    he’s been a waste, nd i honestly dont understand why FO not gonna do it

  • Robert Perez

    Question is… What bigs are going to want to sign with the Lakers? Gasol, Kaman and hill (even Dwight) have all been unhappy under Dantoni with no playing time and DnP stacking up. What does this say to Free agents? Do the Lakers/dantoni really think Sacre and Kelly are that good?

  • J Taylor

    This arguments only makes sense if the $6M that the team gains by stretching him can’t be better placed in this upcoming free agency. Also, keeping Nash takes up a roster space and (presumably) forces the team to start him. At this moment, it could be argued that Farmar is better than Nash, Marshal equals Nash, and playing time to future players may be more important.

    I’m not sure that the “spend now” vs “save later” argument is as relevant as it seems. Sure, $3.5M is a fair amount, but unless it creates “the difference maker” between K.Love and not signing K.Love, then it’s irrelevant.

    The best part of the decision, is that the team has until Sept 1 to make it. This means, they have a full draft and a free agency period before it becomes critical.

    - For the Lakers, let’s hope that they need the $ and the roster space and have to stretch Nash. Keeping him means the team is starting Nash as the PG next season.

    • Chrmngblly

      Thank you.

    • Daryl Peek

      Let me ask you this. If you know you have 12 months left to pay on a car you brought on a 36 month loan originally, why would you refinance the loan into another 36 month contract at a lower monthly payment when you can pay the car off in 12 months? Especially when you’ve projected no major purchases in the coming 12 months, have a clear goal of saving money now because you have your eyes on a house you want to purchase in the next two years following that 12 month period?

  • fakerstolakers

    Mr. Nash. Retire and rest and you have played well. Good business man that you are you will still get you $10 M.
    Victoria Island is calling for you.
    We wish you all the best in your future endeavor and thanks for sharing your talent with the Lakers during your time here.
    Best Wishes.

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