Steve Nash has been shut down for the remainder of the season by the Los Angeles Lakers citing a continuing back issue as the reason for his premature end, however that hasn't stopped the franchise looking to offload him.
The 40-year-old point guard will not have the magical finish his glittering career deserved and now it seems that Nash could possibly finish his playing days by being bounced around the league due to the value of his contract.
According to Mark Stein of ESPN, the Lakers management team will look to shop around the injured star with his expiring deal despite most avenues in all likelihood leading to a dead end.
The old collective bargaining agreement gave real value to expiring short team contracts, teams would be able to dump them for young players, picks and things to help speed a rebuild taking place with their franchise.
However the new bargaining agreement has devalued these types of deals, the stretch provision has added a new philosophy on assets, despite all of this the Lakers will still try to offload Nash and his hefty one year contract.
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Marc Stein explained the plan in mind for the Lakers:
"As ESPN.com reported last month when Nash was ruled out for the 2014-15 season because of recurring nerve issues with his back, Lakers officials are planning to explore the trade market for potential deals between now and the February trade deadline with Nash’s $9.7 million expiring contract."
The team surely can't hold out much hope of another franchise taking on the burden of Nash's big deal and also a 40-year-old point guard who is not going to feature one minute for their team this season.
Speculation of trades has been rife in Los Angeles, mostly involving the possibility of the Lakers true superstar Kobe Bryant jumping ship and being reunited with Phil Jackson at the New York Knicks.
The Lakers will continue to make efforts to put themselves in the position to be a real player in the trade market as they try feverishly to attract top NBA talent to the city of Angels.
The setback they face is the predicted slow movement around trade deadline date, the new crop of NBA GMs are less likely to make big mid-season deals unless pressured and they are not just going to absorb big contracts.
The Lakers are going to have to pay Nash the hefty $9.7million he is owed, so why not try to trade him if possible.