Report: Steve Nash Will Shut It Down After Playing Dallas Mavericks

The 2013-14 season was a nonstarter for Los Angeles Lakers point guard Steve Nash, and he's about to shut it down for good according to the Los Angeles Times' Mark Medina.

Per NBCSports' Kurt Helin, "Nash has just not been able to get fully past the nerve root issue that he has battled the last two seasons."

And with no guarantees of future health, it's a good idea to appreciate any and everything Nash does on the court on Friday.

Counting Friday's game against the Dallas Mavericks, Nash will have played in just 14 games this season, earning an, "outrageous $33,098 per minute" according to the Los Angeles Times' Eric Pincus. That's not much bang for the Lakers' buck.

Despite this being a lost season, it's probably not the last season in Purple and Gold for Nash. The organization could theoretically cut him and use a "stretch provision" that would distribute next season's salary over the next three years.

The downside to doing so, however, is that the cap hit in each of the next three seasons would limit L.A.'s flexibility to bring in top-caliber talent in 2015 or 2016.

For his part, Nash said in a Grantland video last month that he intends to return.

 “I’m not going to retire because I want the money," he said. "It’s honest. We want honest athletes, but at the same time, you’re going to have people out there saying ‘He’s so greedy. He’s made x amount of money and he has to take this last little bit.’"

 And the Lakers appear to be in step according to the Los Angeles Times' Mike Bresnahan:

For financial reasons, the Lakers currently plan to keep [Nash] next season, The Times has learned, eating the remainder of his contract ($9.7 million) in one swoop instead of waiving him and spreading the money out over three years.

That likely comes as mixed news...

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