Posted November 19, 2013

Steve Nash reportedly considering midseason retirement

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If Lakers guard Steve Nash hangs it up this year, Thunder point guard Derek Fisher would become the oldest active player in the NBA. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

If Lakers guard Steve Nash hangs it up this year, Thunder point guard Derek Fisher would become the oldest active player in the NBA. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

Two-time MVP Steve Nash is considering a medical retirement this season as he continues to battle chronic back issues that have limited him to 22 minutes per game over six appearances this year, his lowest average since 1997.

According to a tweet Tuesday from veteran NBA beat writer Peter Vecsey, it is believed that Nash is possibly left with no option but to call it a career because of the lingering pain.

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If he can term his retirement for medical reasons, the 39-year-old would receive the balance of his $9.3 million annual salary this season. For the 2014-15 season, the $9.7 million that would be owed to Nash would not count against the Lakers’ cap. If the Lakers don’t part ways with Nash, either by trade or via his medical retirement, Los Angeles could use its stretch provision that would allow the club to waive him and stretch his cap number over the following three seasons.

The eight-time All-Star, currently the oldest active player in the league, is averaging 6.7 points and 4.8 assists over his six games this season. If his back pain spells the end of his 17-year NBA career, Nash would pass the honor of being the league’s oldest active player to another point guard; Derek Fisher of the Oklahoma City Thunder is six months younger than Nash.

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50 comments
tfaw
tfaw

time for the clint eastwood look-alike to hang 'em up.

Richard--Ramirez
Richard--Ramirez

Take an all time great, go to the lakers and become a bust. Miserable franchise and fan base.

Jacob13
Jacob13

D'Antoni just said yesterday Nash is only worried about getting healthy so he can play again. He specifically said Nash isn't even thinking of retiring.

Manuel2
Manuel2

This is a bogus story with no basis in fact. Nash is not considering retirement. I don't know why this guy would put a story like this out there--probably to get some attention. If you want to know what's going on, it's best to go to a reliable source like Mike D'Antoni or Nash. 

TimothyD
TimothyD

Retire Nash!!!  Fire D'Antoni 

Richard--Ramirez
Richard--Ramirez

Mistake of a lifetime joining the Lakers, ruined his career.

JeffBockert
JeffBockert

Nash had an amazing run. Nobody beats father time, nobody. 

Malik4
Malik4

This is the best thing that could happen for the Lakers, short of Nash rediscovering his 2006 form.  Adds to the cap room next summer. People have talked a lot about Melo, but with the way Lance Stephenson's played this year (only 23), have to wonder if this article's right that LA could be targeting him too:

http://leaguebeats.com/2013/11/20/game-changers-time-to-trade-carmelo/

DalePearl
DalePearl

Lakers season is already over. Might as well tank the rest of the season.

slickwilly
slickwilly

Nash is one of the most overrated players of all time.

bambam824
bambam824

Medical retirement? Sounds like a player finding a way to score without working. There really wasn't a need for the Lakers to make a retirement village for him, but that's what Dantoni wanted to do.

RRamirez
RRamirez

To bad for Nash. we in San Antonio always respected his game and his persona. We should pick him up out of retirement during the playoffs ala T-Mac and let him ride our bench to get him his well deserved ring.

J Taylor
J Taylor

Bummer...

I was hoping that he'd stay healthy enough that the Lakers could trade him to Toronto. It would be nice to see Nash retire in his home country. 

therednorth1
therednorth1

It's a shame to see a career like Nash's end like this.  It'd be nice to see him get some pain-free playing time one last time before he goes off into the sunset.

beast
beast

Lakers are like the Bobcats now. Total mess. New GM is to blame! 

beast
beast

Retire and be in broadcasting the next week. But get it over with. 

Lohikaarme
Lohikaarme

Now if Kobe also retires then the Lakers can look into a bright future before too long. Kobe and Nash are done, stick a fork on them.

jackgorfin
jackgorfin

Please, please retire, and why does he get paid anyway, what a joke.

dinohealth
dinohealth

If I were Jeremy Lin's agent, I would be on the phone with the Lakers and D'Antoni!  LALinsanity!  Since the Houston Rockets have "found" their starting PG of the future in Patrick Beverley (McHale, you are so, so, dumb), I am sure that they would let Lin go to a better career role for him.  It would reunite D'Antoni with Lin as the heir-apparent to Nash, and, LA could build its future around the exciting brand that is D'Antoni's (and Lin's) game.  LA would love Lin, and, Kobe, when he gets back, will be able to close-out his career with a ring (or, two)!  

amick44
amick44

If that's the case he should re consider. He is breaking down, wearing out as we speak. Tough to watch, great career, great player, but .... everyone's time comes.

Yeah I Said It So What?
Yeah I Said It So What?

@Richard--Ramirez  Joining the Lakers ruined Nash's career you say??

Obviously simple common sense isn't in your vocabulary.  As evidenced by what others have said about your comment, yours wins today's Darwin Award. 

Bucky182
Bucky182

@Richard--Ramirez How exactly did joining the Lakers ruin his entire career? So everything he did up until that point has now been ruined because he joined the Lakers? I don't understand your logic.

ITATTRACTS
ITATTRACTS

@Richard--Ramirez because he has back pain? last time I checked, that has nothing to do with what team you play for. 

amick44
amick44

Nobody. Not Kareem, Erving, Havlicek, Jordan. Kobe and LeBron won't either. You too, Steve. 

Manuel2
Manuel2

@JeffBockert This is not about Father Time. It's about the broken leg and the nerve damage. 

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@DalePearl Tank the rest of the season? It seems pride & self respect is beyond your brain capacity. Have you ever played any sport? Just because you aren't the best doesn't mean that you quit. 

ianforbes
ianforbes

@slickwilly Yah. The NBA loves to just give MVP's out to nobodies. Thanks for your brilliant comment.

paulgoldshit
paulgoldshit

@RRamirez that worked out well for T Mac

Nash would still be under contract to the Lakers

mike202
mike202

@therednorth1 If Nash wanted to retire pain free he should have left the game at 40.

amick44
amick44

Good luck with that. Bird and Barkley's backs' collapsed on them in their latter days. 

Voiceover310
Voiceover310

@beast Lakers don't have a new GM, it's still the same guy as it's been for many years. 

Rob14
Rob14

@jackgorfin because it's a medical retirement, he's not just walking away because he feels like it.  Do you get that or do you need it spoon fed to you?

amick44
amick44

You might have something there with Lin. 

J Taylor
J Taylor

@dinohealth Huh?

Obviously you don't follow the Lakers. Lin isn't better than Blake. And, the Lakers don't want Lin's salary to bog them down when they go on a FA binge next off season.

 Lin is nothing more than a proven 2nd tier PG. He's good enough to be a starter on bad teams, but there is a difference between him and the leagues better (and elite) PG's.


KenKing
KenKing

@dinohealth Kobe presents the same problem for Lin that Melo did - they are ball stoppers who want to dictate who takes the rock to the hole. That does not mesh with Lin's style. Considering that Harden like to handle the ball as well, it makes sense to have Beverly on that unit and Lin heading up the second unit. McHale made a smart move. Ultimately, I don't think Lin will mind a bit if he plays 32 minutes, averages 17 and 7 and gets paid $8 million per year for the next decade

M20
M20

@dinohealth Aren't you the same guy who claimed he was a Rockets fan, not a Lin fan, on another article where you were complaining about Lin coming off the bench? You sure seem like you only care about Lin. (And you sure have no idea what's best for Lin, since you don't understand that he and the team are doing better with him coming off the bench.)

TommyJ1
TommyJ1

@dinohealth you're a moron. the only reason Beverley starts is because he better complements the ball-dominant play style of Harden. Has McHale explicitly said that Beverley is "the starting PG of the future"? No, of course not. You just don't understand basketball. Lin brings offensive firepower for the second unit, and it allows him to dominate the ball, which is not possible if he is sharing minutes with Harden. Lin is having a heck of a year so far, and if he keeps playing well could potentially garner some recognition for 6th man of the year.

nsbanks43
nsbanks43

@dinohealth Lins poison pill contract makes him virtually unmovable until next years deadline at the earliest.  They're still pretty solid with Blake and Farmar.  In the offseason they have enough cap space to go in any number of directions.

amick44
amick44

Yeah, but that isn't better than Blake? Blake is a fine backup. Probably not true starter quality on a strong team. Which the Lakers probably aren't anyhow.