What Does Next Season Hold for LA Lakers’ Steve Nash?

Every basketball fan knows what a disaster Steve Nash has been for the Los Angeles Lakers—one injury after another and limited playing time. Next season will be the third and final year in the future Hall of Famer’s current contract.

Experts can argue his place in history, but the two-time MVP certainly changed the way the point guard position is viewed, combining creative pinpoint passing with deadly accuracy as a shooter.

His best days are of course behind him now. What will next season bring? More games missed and a continued drop-off in effectiveness?

Leading up to the NBA draft, Nash acknowledged that the Lakers might try packaging him with the No. 7 pick for a trade, per Chris Branch for HuffPost Live: "If the opportunity came for them to package where they could get something for the future, that makes a lot of sense for them.”

That didn’t happen—the Lakers instead drafted power forward Julius Randle at No. 7 and also bought a second-round pick from the Washington Wizards, selecting Jordan Clarkson, a rangy point guard out of Missouri.

Now, the front office has moved past the draft into the summer’s free-agency period and is in hot pursuit of the two biggest stars on the market—LeBron James of the Miami Heat and Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks.

According to Dave McMenamin and Ramona Shelburne for ESPN LA, Lakers top brass met with Anthony in Los Angeles on Thursday. Management made it clear it was prepared to offer the maximum four-year, $95 million contract. The two sides also discussed what would be involved in lesser deals in order to sign James as well.

The following day, according to Sam Amick for USA Today, Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak and team COO Tim Harris flew to Cleveland to meet with Rich Paul, the agent for James.

An integral part of pitching both James and Anthony is the idea of pai...

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