Steve Nash is planning to make a shock return for the Los Angeles Lakers during their game against the Washington Wizards on Friday night, reports suggest.
According to unnamed league sources cited by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, the veteran point guard is targeting a return to the lineup at Staples Center after participating in a full practice on Thursday.
The same report also claims that the Lakers will use him as backup to Kendall Marshall as they square-off at home against John Wall and the Eastern Conference playoff contenders.
Such a return will undoubtedly be met with surprise from NBA and Lakers fans alike, with Nash - who has struggled badly all season with nerve irritation in his back - having failed to play since early February and many believing that his season - and indeed, potentially even his professional basketball career - was over.
However, if Nash is indeed fit to play a role against the Wizards, then such news should come as a relief to Mike D'Antoni.
The under-fire Lakers head coach - who many believe will be incredibly lucky to last beyond the summer in his current role - is set to be again without Jordan Farmar after he suffered a groin injury earlier this season.
The eyes of the NBA world are sure to be fixed on Nash as he makes his comeback during the final 15 games of the regular season.
With the 22-45 Lakers definitely not heading to the playoffs, it will be during this stretch that should determine whether the two-time MVP decides to call time on his illustrious career or return for the final year of his deal for which he will be owed $9.7 million.