The Los Angeles Lakers are due to pay Steve Nash $9.7 million dollars next season and the point guard knows, given his injury woes, he might be waived at season end. Doing so would allow the Lakers to spread out that near $10 million dollar contract over the course of four seasons.
If that’s the case, Nash says he will continue to live in Los Angeles and will either retire or play for the Los Angeles Clippers, assuming they’re interested.
When we talked that first night, he mentioned the “stretch provision,” a newish cap wrinkle that allows the Lakers to waive Nash’s final year, then “stretch” his $9.7 million cap number over as many as four years. It’s a fancy way for the Lakers, or any bumbling NBA team, to dilute the impact of a damaging contract. Nash believed the “stretch” buyout was a looming threat — if it happened, he’d probably retire unless the Clippers wanted him.
The Lakers likely wouldn’t let Nash go if he was healthy, so it’s questionable at best to think the Clippers would have interest in a hurting Nash.
Should be an interesting offseason for the two-time NBA MVP.