NBA Rumors: Los Angeles Lakers can’t use medical retirement on Steve Nash

Feb 7, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Steve Nash (10) during the first quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. The Lakers defeated the Sixers 112-98. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

There’s no doubt Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash had an elite career, but the two-time NBA MVP has fallen off in recent years due to age and injury.

Nash has continued his attempts to get back on the floor, but he simply can’t stay healthy. However, his efforts have put a damper on the Lakers moving forward as according to Basketball Insiders, the Lakers can’t use the medical retirement option on Nash given he has played ten games this season.

The ten games he played this year disqualifies the team from exercising the medical retirement option.

There was talk earlier this season suggesting the Lakers and Nash could opt to go the medical retirement route, but that quickly ended when Nash wasn’t really open to the suggestion.

Now unable to claim such, the Lakers lone option would be to release Nash at season end and defer his payments over the next three years, making the Lakers a bit more financially flexible moving forward.

Nash, for what it’s worth, recently suggested he’d attempt to play for the Los Angeles Clippers or retire if released by the Lakers.

His contract runs through next season.

Topics: Los Angeles Lakers, Steve Nash

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