The Los Angeles Lakers will enter unfamiliar territory when they attend the NBA lottery in the coming months, but their roster for the 2014-15 season won’t drastically change – at least not in regards to their backcourt.
What will happen with Steve Nash, who won two NBA most-valuable-player awards in Phoenix under D’Antoni? And what of Kendall Marshall, a first-round bust of the Suns who found plenty of playing time with the Lakers?
The answers in quick succession as of now — undetermined, staying and staying.
The ‘undetermined’ answer was in regards to head coach Mike D’Antoni, while both Nash and Marshall are expected to remain on the roster next season.
Marshall was struggling to find an NBA job, so remaining with the Lakers isn’t exactly a shock though there was some question as to what the Lakers would do with Steve Nash. The team has until August 31st to use the strech provision on him, allowing them to distribute his salary into smaller increments over the next few seasons but that appears unlikely moving forward.