Mar 4, 2014, 10:00 AM EST
Nash hasn’t played in three weeks, and he’s played just 10 games all season.
He’s also 40, the NBA’s oldest player. When you get that age, serious injuries aren’t viewed as potentially season-ending. They’re all viewed as potentially career-ending.
Nash isn’t ready to retire, though.
Steve Nash clearly wants to return next season.
“I want to come back for sure,” he said Monday.
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Nash is prideful and competitive. He’ll almost certainly put in the work to come back.
And if that’s what he wants to do, the Lakers are probably better off keeping him than using the stretch provision. His $9,7091,000 expiring contract would hold trade value, and Los Angeles wouldn’t have to pay him in the summer of 2015, a stronger free agent year. If Nash can contribute, that’s only a bonus.
The only question is whether Nash’s body allows him to do so. These types of issues typically don’t get better with age.
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