The question with the Lakers as it pertains to often-injured point guard Steve Nash is whether to bite bullet on his $9.7 million salary for next year in the last year of his contract or use the stretch provision afforded in the CBA to waive him (spreading his money out over multiple seasons but removing him from the cap).
The Los Angeles Times reports the Lakers will keep the former MVP on roste this year, clearing cap space for 2015 and 2016 when better free agents will be available.
Nash sat out another game, which is no longer surprising for a player who appeared in only 12 this season.
For financial reasons, the Lakers currently plan to keep him 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.
It would give them more money to spend in the summers of 2015 and 2016, when they figure to be active players in the free-agent market amid such possible names as Kevin Love, LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
Nash has been unable to stay on the court since leaving Phoenix and its renowkn training staff in 2012 (though his personal trainer has still been working with him). He suffered a leg fracture in early 2012 of the Lakers' doomed season, and then subsequently developed significant nerve issues related to his degenerative back condition.
Nash has documented his struggle in a video series at Grantland. He's expressed doubts as to whether he'll be able to continue his career past his season.