Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni thinks that we’ve seen the last of Steve Nash on the court for the 2013-2014 season. Steve Nash has missed the Lakers’ last seven games after returning from nerve root irritation to play a four-game stint in early February. During his short return, he collided with Chicago’s Kirk Hinrich, with the point of impact occurring in almost the same spot on his left leg where he suffered a fracture last season. Nash has one year remaining on his contract with the Lakers, set to pay him $9.7 million. Under the collective bargaining agreement, Los Angeles Lakers could waive Nash during the stretch provision before the start of training camp. Steve Nash said that if he is waived then he will not play for another team. Nash also said that the stretch provision was a key motivator in him coming back in February after being sidelined since November 10. The Lakers have approximately $22 million in cap space available to pursue free agents this summer, but the team would have more flexibility if Nash’s entire $9.7 million was coming off the books instead of having it stretched over three years. Already the oldest active player in the league, Nash said he intends to play next season.
-Written By: Kylicia Smith,The Zone