Lakers News: Latest Buzz on Steve Nash and Kobe Bryant Heading into New Season

Although the NBA regular season is finally underway, plenty of questions remain unanswered regarding the 2014-15 campaign. The Los Angeles Lakers aren't immune from this problem.

The Lakers are going to be a lottery team this year; this is all but an accepted fact. At their most generous estimate, they could get 40-45 wins, which won't be enough to make the playoffs in the loaded Western Conference.

Los Angeles could be in a weird position where it's still not very good, but it won't go into full tank mode because of the franchise's past successes and the presence of Kobe Bryant. Throw in head coach Byron Scott's hatred of three-pointers, and it's going to be a fun season in the Staples Center.

You can check out some of the latest updates surrounding the team below.


Lakers Will File Disabled Player Exception for Steve Nash

After Paul George went down in the summer with his horrific leg injury, the Indiana Pacers filed for and were granted a disabled player exception. According to Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times and Basketball Insiders, the Lakers will do the same with Steve Nash following his season-ending back injury:

Pincus added that general manager Mitch Kupchak isn't pursuing the means to get Nash off the team's books altogether:

Had the Lakers pushed for a medical retirement, Nash's time in the league wouldn't have necessarily been over.

The Portland Trail Blazers went down that avenue in December 2011 after Brandon Roy's injuries became too much to overcome. He received a medical retirement, and his contract from the 2011-12 season on didn't count against the cap.

Roy attempted a comeback with the Minnesota Timberwolves in 2012-13, but he appeared in only five games for the team.

Since Los Angeles is opting for the DPE, some fans wondered what the team could do with the money it ...

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