The time has come for the Los Angeles Lakers to let go of Steve Nash.
Nash, the starting point guard for the Lakers is three months away from turning 40. He is in his 18th season in the NBA and his production has been decreasing year after year.
Prior to the start of the 2012-2013 NBA season, before Nash joined the Los Angeles Lakers, the Toronto Raptors offered him a contract, but he chose to come to Los Angeles instead.
Alex Kennedy, a reporter for HOOPSWORLD, a property of USA Today Sports, tweeted last night that “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”.
Now, rumors have begun that the Lakers are looking to trade Nash to the Raptors. This move would make sense in several ways. Nash is a native Canadian and is the general manager for the Canadian national basketball team.
A trade to Toronto would be a win-win for both the Lakers and the Raptors. It would help increase ticket sales for the Toronto Raptors and it would help the Raptors become relevant in the Eastern Conference. The Raptors have started the season 2-1 and they have very talented players such as DeMar DeRozan and Rudy Gay that can make them legitimate playoff contenders.
For the Lakers, trading Steve Nash will help them clear cap space for 2014. This season, Nash will be making $9,300,500. Next season, he is due to make $9,701,000. Nash and Nick Young are the only players who have guaranteed contracts next season.
Robert Sacre and Elias Harris are signed for next season, but their contracts are not guaranteed. This means, that players like Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol will have to renew their contracts. Whether or not this turns out to be a good season for the Lakers, chances are there will be a lot of changes to the roster next season. (Here’s a breakdown of the Los Angeles Lakers Team Salary).
Getting rid of Nash’s contract will help out the Lakers as they head into an offseason that will be filled with roster additions and deletions. If they want to surround talent around Kobe and Pau, the Lakers are going to need to have as much cap space as possible and moving Nash is one of the first moves they should make.
Many people believe that the Lakers should keep Steve Nash because he is a leader on the court and in the locker room and is a great asset to have for the younger players on the roster. However, as unfortunate as it is, the Lakers’ financial situation is a higher priority right now than winning a championship.
If the Lakers trade Steve Nash now, they still have the young talent to compete and enter the playoffs this season. Additionally, getting rid of his 9-million dollar contract will allow the Lakers’ administration to bring on bigger talent to surround Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol and contend for the NBA championship next season.
The time has come to trade Steve Nash. And the time is now.
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