Steve Nash going to the Los Angeles Lakers certainly shook up the sports world on the Fourth of July. Against all odds, the Phoenix Suns shipped the All-Star point guard to the Lakers for four picks the Lakers would ever use. The interwebs were quick to crown the Lakers as the clear winners in the trade, but let’s pump the brakes a bit.
Steve Nash is great, but no one beats Father Time. He is getting to the point that he will regress and it will not be pretty. At 9 million per year, the Lakers can’t afford to have that regression hit. If the team fails to make the Finals this coming season, they will need a scapegoat. Pau Gasol will be the guy shipped out, simply due to finances after that.
Another reason to worry about Steve Nash is the lack of the Suns training staff. Apparently they use a combination of gypsy magic and unicorn blood to keep players incredibly healthy. Is the Lakers staff anything like that? Something makes me doubt it. I expect Nash to miss at least 15 games this coming season. Not wishing injury on anyone but I think this is a year where he just gets hurt.
This is a move that the Lakers had to make. The Kobe Bryant era is closing, so this was the best chance to get him another ring. That does not mean that this will work. The Lakers have oodles of money tied up in just their starters, so the bench is going to be worrisome. You need some contributions from unknown players to make a Finals run. The Lakers might be digging through the scrap heap to find such a guy.
The Steve Nash deal certainly shocked a lot of people, but let’s just wait before we hand the Lakers a key to the Finals. You can’t out run regression and age. Nash is going to find out that during this deal.