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Report: Lakers won’t use stretch provision on Steve Nash

Jul 27, 2014, 1:00 PM EDT

Back in February when Steve Nash was pushing himself in workouts to try to get back on the court, he talked about the stretch provision motivating him to do so.

It’s a tool provided by the collective bargaining agreement that teams can use to get out from under heavy-handed contracts, and it would mean waiving Nash this season, and spreading out the amount he is owed over the next three seasons for salary cap purposes.

But since the Lakers struck out with any free agents that would have required having additional cap space to sign them, Nash appears to be safe for the upcoming season.

From Mike Bresnahan of the Los Angeles Times:

And, of course, Nash, might be a reserve. The Lakers would have waived him had they signed Anthony and Gasol, but now they’ll eat the final year of his contract in one $9.7-million chunk instead of spreading it out over three years and taking up precious cap space in the summers of 2015 and 2016.

This is good news for Nash, who clearly wants to try to keep playing, and probably would be less than thrilled with the idea of trying to catch on with another team if in fact he was waived by the Lakers.

Whether or not his body can hold up for even the majority of the season remains to be seen, and he very well could be coming off the bench now that Jeremy Lin has been added to the roster. But if nothing else, it looks like he’ll get to remain in Los Angeles.

  1. sportsfan18 - Jul 27, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Makes sense.

    They will not be any good or make the playoffs this season so they should take all their medicine this year with respect to his salary vs. paying even small amounts of it out the next couple of years when they’re hopefully better (for their fans and hopefully not for their non-fans like yours truly).

  2. handsomerob86 - Jul 27, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    If Nash and Kobe are finally healthy, maybe this team will at least be fun to watch. I feel bad that we have been deprived of seeing what they could do together in the last couple of seasons. It would be nice to see Nash going out on a better note than last season.

    • chicagosports2014 - Jul 27, 2014 at 6:14 PM

      They should’ve traded Nash n Gasol, for Boozer and a couple current players or picks. LA IS LOSING THEIR EDGE.

      R.I.P MR. BUSS

      • bougin89 - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:38 AM

        A chicago fan thinks the Bulls should have traded Boozer and a couple current players or picks for Nash n Gasol??

        LA would have had to pay you to take Nash at this point…

  3. fordmandalay - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Really goes down as one of the all-time dumbest moves, not only in NBA history, but all of sports history. All that money and a 1st round pick. Unbelievable.

    • zerole00 - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:18 PM

      I wouldn’t say dumbest, I’m not a Lakers fan but you can only predict injuries to a certain degree. What was stupid was hiring D’Antoni when 2 of their best players were on the wrong side of 35.

      • JHathwell - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:39 PM

        yep. hiring a coach who needs young athletes and shooters and giving him old crippled guys is dumber thananything else they’ve done.

      • muhangis - Jul 29, 2014 at 4:00 AM

        No it was stupid, forget about the injuries, you never ever trade 2 1st RD. DRAFT PICKS (and more) in return for a single AGING WASHED OUT 39 YR OLD PLAYER! …. Never!!

        He was 39 at the damn time, and on the obvious decline! ….what is so damn difficult to understand about this???

        I don’t care if it’s Steve Nash (who is one of my favorite players of all-time)

        It was a downright shallow and boneheaded move.

    • mytthor - Jul 27, 2014 at 2:21 PM

      Not even close, BUD.

    • 2phatt2 - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:21 PM

      Dude…Not just a first round pick, but two first round picks and a second plus $27 mill to boot. How RETARDED WAS THAT?

      • ProBasketballPundit - Jul 27, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        Ummm, no.

        The Lakers negotiated a sign & trade with Nash because they had a huge trade exception from trading Lamar Odom to the Mavericks. They sent the Suns their 2013 and 2015 first-round picks and their 2014 and 2015 second-round picks. They also gave them $3 million.

    • bougin89 - Jul 28, 2014 at 9:43 AM

      Nash was coming off a really good season with the Suns. In hindsight was it a terrible move? Yes, it was. At the time though when the Lakers were “all in” I wouldn’t say it was all that bad.

      They really lucked out that one of their 1st round picks that was traded wasn’t this years pick.

  4. felisberto - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Who cares?Anyway, Jeremy Lin > Steve Nah

  5. maddenwizkid - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    Lakers will have a deep rotation and be fun to watch. Ill take a 8 seed, and the oppertunity to shock the world.

    • 2phatt2 - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      Spoken like a true myopic Lakers fan, You can only hope and pray for an 8 seed. Keep dreaming and making excuses throughout the season, this team is heading on a crash and burn like the two previous seasons.

      • musician0785 - Jul 27, 2014 at 5:13 PM

        The Lakers crashed and burned when they made the playoffs despite nash, gasol and artest missing about 2 months a piece? Oh and Kobe tearing his achilles in the last week of the season

    • apkyletexas - Jul 27, 2014 at 7:39 PM

      Hehehehe. Laker fan talking playoffs – hilarious. Shock the world, pal, shock the world.

    • skins26portis - Jul 28, 2014 at 1:59 AM

      You can only hope to make the 8th seed cause you will suck just like last season . You sucked with Howard and Gasol on your team remember . I predict the Lakers will finish last in the Pacific Division .

    • troycruz29 - Jul 28, 2014 at 4:20 AM

      8 seed? you kidding right? which of the top 9 teams from last season do you expect to drop this year? New Orleans even have a better line-up than the Lakers for next season, and I am even predicting the Kings to have a better record than them next year …

  6. elcapitanfiscal - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    Scuba Steve is swimming in all his free money.

    • spthegr8 - Jul 27, 2014 at 3:55 PM

      ^^ Can you blame him.? Who wouldn’t?? ^^ IJS!!

    • 2phatt2 - Jul 27, 2014 at 4:32 PM

      Dude did say he’s returning for the money, he’s making no excuses. It’s all about the Benjamin s.

      • apkyletexas - Jul 27, 2014 at 7:42 PM

        Why not? The leader of the team is getting his pile o’ cash.

      • 22yearsagotoday - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:46 PM

        Got the 22nd thumbs up. My work here is done!

  7. ProBasketballPundit - Jul 27, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    That series of “mini-documentaries” Nash did are so depressing. I was Nash fan #1 from 2004-2010, watched every single Suns game those years, but man is he done. He’s just done.

    He has not had one game in the last two years that was as good as his average game from the year before.

  8. whodey83 - Jul 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    Nash or nah

  9. rogerrodgers - Jul 27, 2014 at 7:43 PM

    they’ll need a stretcher for him

  10. onlyavoice - Jul 27, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Waste of $$$ signing him from the beginning.

  11. harshedmellow - Jul 28, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    Like Nash a lot, hate the Lakers even more tho. Sorry Steve- my prediction is another year of futility and injury for you & Kobe.

  12. elcapitan1019 - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:03 AM

    Jeremy Lin flourished under Mike D’Antoni, creating Linsanity. He even torched LA for 38 in the Garden. Remember that, Laker fans? Well, Lin is with the Lakers now, but…wait… D’Antoni, it’s defense minded Byron Scott. Too bad, Jeremy, you’ll be gone at the end of the rental season with the LA version of Mike Woodson, proving timing is everything. But, being a free agent after next season, you can wait to see if D’Antoni lands another job…..

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