The future remains uncertain to say the least for veteran point guard Steve Nash. Although Nash is reluctant to call it a career, the fate of the two-time NBA MVP might not be up to him with the Los Angeles Lakers possibly ready to use the stretch provision this summer. Even with an uncertain fate, Nash has let it be known that he wants to return to the Lakers next season according to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times on March 3:
One thing's certain: Nash wants to return next season. "I want to come back for sure," he said.
With Nash potentially not playing another game this season with the Lakers, the team may ultimately decide that keeping the veteran is a lost cause. As part of the NBA stretch provision, the Lakers will pay the remaining $9.7 million of Nash's salary over the course of the next three years.
It remains unclear at this point in time if the Lakers will ultimately decide to release Nash or simply let him play out his contract as he promised he would do. The Lakers have been rumored to favor point guard Dante Exum out of Australia in the upcoming 2014 NBA Draft and may decide to draft him if given the opportunity.
Along with Exum potentially available for the taking in the upcoming draft, the Lakers will have the chance to re-sign veteran Jordan Farmar and will have Kendall Marshall still under contract on a non-guaranteed deal.
With the Lakers having options at the point guard position moving forward, Nash's fate may be sealed if unable to return in the final stretch of the season.
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