LeBron James apparently wanted a shot to play with Steve Nash
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Steve Nash called it a career on Saturday, announcing his retirement from the NBA after 18 years in the league.
However, if Nash would have been interested in still playing, he very well could be a member of LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers right now.
According to ESPN’s Marc Stein, the Cavs were interested in adding Nash in the event that he reached a buyout with the Los Angeles Lakers earlier this year.
"League sources told ESPN.com earlier this month that LeBron James‘ Cleveland Cavaliers — who happen to have two of the biggest Nash admirers on Earth in their front office, in David Griffin and former teammate Raja Bell — let it be known to longtime Nash agent Bill Duffy that they would love to give the old man a whirl as a short-minute backup to Kyrie Irving if Nash wanted to seek a buyout from the Lakers after the trade deadline passed with no deal.No chance, though. …“I think I can [still] have a great game,” Nash said. “But I can’t do it more than once or twice a month"
Nash likely wouldn’t have been able to help the Cavs that much from an on-court standpoint. His body has completely broken down over the last few years and his game had diminished significantly.
But he could have made an impact from a leadership standpoint.
The Cavaliers have a number of key players such as Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving who have never played in a postseason game. Nash could have been a helpful presence to those guys when the lights get bright.
Still, this was the right time for Nash to walk away. He simply had very little left in the tank at this point.
Nash averaged 14.3 points, 8.5 assists and three rebounds per game for his career. He made eight all-star games and won the NBA’s MVP award twice.
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