The two-time NBA MVP has dealt with a rash of injuries during the past few seasons and has struggled to remain on the court. Another year older and with mounting health issues, Nash knows that his best days are behind him and being a reliable player simply isn’t anything he can continue to do.
“They can’t rely on me, frankly,” said Nash, already the league’s oldest active player at 40 years old. “Hopefully I come back and play 82 games next year and the sky’s the limit, but they can’t rely on me. We don’t know what I’m going to bring.”
The Lakers have the option of releasing Nash this offseason by using the ‘stretch provision’ which would allow them to reduce Nash’s near $10 million dollar salary into three smaller payments paid over the course of the next three seasons, but the team reportedly isn’t interested in doing so as they want as much cap space as possible for the 2015 offseason.