It’s been a quick fall from grace for two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash.
The Los Angeles Lakers point guard was a bit of a late bloomer, but he certainly blossomed once he put it all together.
Unfortunately, the last few seasons haven’t went his way as not only has Nash been injured often, but the Los Angeles Lakers haven’t played up to their potential either.
Signed through next season, Nash is hopeful he’ll remain a member of the Lakers organization but Los Angeles is looking to improve dramatically and want to clear money off their cap. That doesn’t bode well for Nash and his $10 million dollar salary for the 2014-15 season.
Because of that, it appears Nash – staring in his Grantland documentary – is worried the Lakers will cut him and use the stretch provision to do so.
The stretch provision essentially allows the Lakers to break down Nash’s contract over the course of three years and while it does count towards the cap, Los Angeles would essentially remove Nash’s $10 million dollar figure next season and split it up into $3.3 million dollar increments over the next three years.
There’s still the chance the Lakers could strike out in the offseason and opt to keep Nash’s contract on the books, letting it expire after the 2014-15.
If Nash is cut, he’s previously said he would retire or play for the Los Angeles Clippers.