NBA Rumors: Steve Nash would retire or play for Clippers if Lakers waive him

Feb 7, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash (10) shoots a layup during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Topics: Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Steve Nash

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  • J Taylor

    Or, he could go to Toronto and play in his native country for the vet minimum.
    Regardless of the method, Nash won’t be wearing Purple and Gold next season.

  • hookedonnews

    I doubt that Nash mentioned playing for the Clippers. I heard him talking about the possibility that the Lakers might waive him, but there was no mention of the Clippers. That “quote” has no attribution. Just who exactly said that Nash said this? I know he wants to stay in LA, but I would bet he didn’t mention the Clippers. He’s not the type to make those kind of presumptions.

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