Should Steve Nash Be Brought Back to LA Lakers Next Season?

With one year left on his contract, the general consensus is that Steve Nash is on the last leg of his career. Nash—who has been unable to be a productive member of the team during his entire tenure as a Los Angeles Laker—looks like he's already got one foot out the door in terms of retirement.

However, the Lakers should bring Nash back next season unless he plans on retiring, which would be good for both parties.

Barring some sort of miracle, the Lakers will not win a championship next season. However, they can sign some value free agents, hopefully win big in the draft and really save that salary-cap space for the offseason of 2015. The best way to do that is to eat Nash's expiring contract next season and have him off of the books for the 2015-16 season.

Not only is that the soundest move for them in the long run, there are holistic reasons to keeping Nash as well. In the twilight of his career, Nash deserves a chance to sing his swan song on the grandest stage of them all. There is no bigger spotlight than the one in L.A., and a career as spectacular as Nash's deserves to go out in that spotlight.

Even for basketball reasons, at this point in his career, a healthy Steve Nash would make an excellent backup point guard in spurts. While Nash is definitely a major defensive liability, he can still orchestrate an offense and showed flashes of his former brilliance in a very small sample size this season.

Averaging seven points and six assists in 21 minutes per game, Nash was serviceable. However, every time Nash hit the court, it seemed like another freak injury would occur, and he would be sidelined for several weeks.

Optimism should not be high for Nash's full-time return next season. However, a hope-for-the-best, expect-the-worst type of attitude would be the best way to go about handling the Nash situation as the Lakers wait for his contract to expire.

Article Source: Bleacher Report - Los Angeles Lakers