The Los Angeles Lakers may already be seriously considering trading Steve Nash elsewhere. According to Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld.com on Nov. 3, Nash may be headed to the Toronto Raptors before the NBA trade deadline:
Steve Nash is another vet who may be traded this year. I've heard Toronto as a possible landing spot for Nash from multiple league sources.
Before Nash ultimately landed with the Lakers in a sign-and-trade with the Phoenix Suns, the Toronto Raptors were one of the most interested teams in signing the veteran point guard. With Nash being from Canada and wanting the opportunity to play in his home country before calling it a career, signing with Toronto made sense, but it was too far from his children.
Now that Nash is nearing the end of his career and no longer the dominant player of old, the future Hall of Famer has become expendable and a likely trade asset for the Lakers.
One player on the Raptors roster that might interest the Lakers is small forward Rudy Gay. Toronto has been rumored to be gauging trade interest in Gay, but it remains uncertain if the Lakers are interested in taking on his contract with the front office wanting a clean slate after this season.
It'll be interesting to see if Mitch Kupchak and company reach out to Toronto in order to gauge interest in making a deal to send Nash to Toronto potentially in exchange for Gay. Other players the Lakers could target are Kyle Lowry and DeMar DeRozan. No telling if the Raptors are willing to part ways with either player, but it'd be safe to say Gay will likely be involved if anything comes to fruition.