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LA Lakers rumors: Steve Nash to retire from Lakers?

Steve Nash might be close to finally playing again for the LA Lakers
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LA Lakers rumors indicate that Steve Nash is ready to retire. These Lakers rumors come from quotes that Nash made himself and it appears like the Basketball Hall of Fame can start getting his plaque ready. According to a report from CBS Sports on Tuesday (July 29), the assumptions that this upcoming season would be his last got confirmed by the veteran point guard. He seemed to be reaching that point during the last NBA season, but decided to try to battle back from a series of injuries.

Nash gave an interview about his mindset, stating that, "I think this is my last season. But I still love to play. I love to practice and work on my game. I'm going to spend hopefully many, many years living this life without basketball. It'll be nice to play one more year." It seems like as soon as he is done playing that he could end up being the next point guard to make the jump to coaching. It has become common practice for successful point guards to then take over the helm of NBA franchises.

When it comes to fantasy basketball implications, it is still a mystery just how much action that Steve Nash will see during the 2014-15 NBA season. It's no secret that in LA Lakers rumors earlier this offseason that the franchise was looking to acquire a new point guard. They did acquire Jeremy Lin from the Houston Rockets in a favorable deal that could indicate Lin is the starter. The team also selected Jordan Clarkson in the second round of the draft and he could see minutes at the position.

Last season for the Lakers, Nash was only able to play in 15 games as he battled a host of injuries. He ended up averaging just 20.9 minutes per game to go along with 6.8 points and 5.7 assists a contest. Nash only provided marginal value (at best) in fantasy basketball leagues and it isn't likely to get better next year. He could still see some minutes off the bench and put up around five-to-six assists a night, but beyond that his main role for the team will simply be veteran leadership.