Should The Lakers Consider Trading Steve Nash For Cap Relief? Reviewed by Momizat on . When Steve Nash first was traded to the Lakers for draft picks and cash last summer, expectations of the team's performance immediately shot through the roof. T When Steve Nash first was traded to the Lakers for draft picks and cash last summer, expectations of the team's performance immediately shot through the roof. T Rating:
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Should The Lakers Consider Trading Steve Nash For Cap Relief?

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Steve NashWhen Steve Nash first was traded to the Lakers for draft picks and cash last summer, expectations of the team’s performance immediately shot through the roof. The addition of Dwight Howard made Lakers fans envision a two-man game that would be dominant. Even when Mike D’Antoni was hired, there was the thought that the magic that ran through their days together in Phoenix would make its way to downtown Los Angeles.

However, adjustments that had to be made to Nash’s game seemed harder to sort out than expected, that two-man game between him and Dwight never took off and the connection between him and D’Antoni wasn’t the same. On top of all that, Nash was hampered for the vast majority of the season with serious injuries.

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A lot of Lakers fans are now believing that perhaps the fans and management put too many eggs in Nash’s 39-year old basket. The team needs to get younger, faster and more defensive-minded, especially at the point guard position, at least based on this past season.

Nash cannot be amnestied since he wasn’t on the Lakers roster when the current CBA was signed and became official. While many believe the Lakers will use their one-time amnesty clause (most likely on Metta World Peace), the Lakers will be looking for ways to relieve some of the financial hardships placed on them via luxury tax penalties.

Therefore, an individual asked CBA guru Larry Coon the following question and used a trade to the Raptors as an example:

Q; Can the Lakers trade Steve Nash to Toronto, say for Kyle Lowry and Terrence Ross, rather than waiving him?

A: Let’s assume they could. Lowry could be waived, and his guarantee of $1 million would be on the books. Ross is on the books for $2.7 million — so that’s $3.7 million total, Waiving & stretching Nash leaves $3.8 million on their books — hardly any savings at all.

So this idea already adds an additional contingency to our unlikely scenario where all these other pieces have to fall together, making it even more unlikely. And even if it does work, the trade idea is further constrained by the requirement that the Lakers would have to find a trade that brings back significantly less than $3.8 million.

While this scenario seems unlikely, Steve Nash is not assuming or under the impression that he won’t return in purple and gold next season. During his exit interview a couple of weeks ago, Nash already stated that he will be back to complete health by training camp.

While trimming from their salary cap and obtaining players with youth, athleticism and defensive skills is a desire for the Lakers, it is a very challenging and difficult thing to find, especially for younger players who are after the highest price.


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  • honestly

    trade nash for draft picks, trade pau to the wolves for derrick williams and ridnour, then amnesty metta, resign clark, let duhon and blake go then go after dwight and CP3…

    that;s what i would do, but i doubt that anyone would agree with me LOL

    • hookedonnews

      I’ve read at least 3 articles recently that explained that the Lakers cannot acquire both Howard and Paul because of the salary cap/luxury tax/ and other things related to the CBA. The Lakers want to win now while Kobe is still playing. That’s why they will keep Steve Nash.

    • ananelakers

      Funny how you think the Lakers have the cap space for that…

  • ProLAL

    im a big fan, i love those flashy passes. One of the best in nba. My thought is Nash wouldnt be a Lakes if the Dwight saga ended earlier. Ramon Session is a better fit for the Mike Brown system cuz he’s faster and doesnt need to hold the ball too much..

  • lozo

    thats not a bad idea to trade him but that is pretty messed up because he moved to La for his children. idk tough decision.

  • TeddyOrwell

    I bet he’s got some kind of agreement with the Lakers to let him play out the final year on his contract with them, and then he’ll retire. He came to the Lakers just so he could finish his contract and stay somewhat close to his kids in Phoenix. So I’m not expecting them to move him at all.

  • jmoney

    Nash should be traded along with another piece, maybe morris for brandon jennings or if they trade for Kyle Lowry and Terrence Ross, keep them, they’d be a good fit, both young and athletic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/garabed.turshudjian Garabed Turshudjian

    Nash has to be traded after July 01/13 along with several youngsters (Meeks, Clark, Ebanks or Sacre) to any non tax-paying team for couple of second round pics or late first rounder.That can save us tons of $$$ and give some flexibility to sign new free agents.

  • something_16

    just trade howard for irving and gasol for leonard and green,sign dlembert,oden,pekovic,korver then trade hill,blake for bledsoe, duhon,nash for ross

  • KB24

    the only team that would get him is raps,TRADE NASH TO RAPS FOR 2ND RD PICK,Nash is 40 after next season that’s why we can only get 2nd rounder

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