Lakers Trade Rumors: Latest Buzz on Potential Steve Nash Deal

Steve Nash is quickly becoming one of the hottest names in regards to trade rumors.

The Los Angeles Lakers point guard has played well during his time in L.A., but his declining production and ailing body could make him expendable by the time the deadline comes around.

According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld, there had been talk that Nash is one veteran that could be moved at some point during the 2013-14 season, with the Toronto Raptors serving as a possible landing spot for the 39-year-old.

However, because of his salary—Nash is being paid over $19 million for this season and next—it may be tough for L.A. to find a suitor without taking back a bad contract that would hinder the team’s ability to make a run at superstar free agents next summer.

As per Michael Grange of SportsNet, there is little substance to Kennedy’s report that Nash would be sent to his native Canada and join the Raptors.

The club was definitely interested in the 2012 offseason, when it offered the two-time MVP a richer deal than the current one he is on. Nash—now in his 18th season without a ring—instead opted to take less in order to play for a group that had championship aspirations, although those quickly soured during a dismal 2012-13 Lakers campaign.

Unless Kobe Bryant’s eventual return brings back a rejuvenated Black Mamba that is capable of playing at the highest level, it looks as if Nash is out of luck in his quest for a title this year as well.

While Toronto may be out of the running, that shouldn’t stop the Lakers from pursuing a trade to dump the veteran point guard.

L.A. is a fringe contender at best—slipping below .500 on Tuesday after falling to the Dallas Mavericks in embarrassing fashion—meaning it may be time to start looking toward the future and saving money.


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