Steve Nash May Return To Practice, But Los Angeles Lakers Don't Need Him

By Ian Meredith
Thomas Campbell – USA TODAY Sports

We may be seeing Steve Nash back at practice in the near future. Whether or not this helps this surging Los Angeles Lakers squad has yet to be seen.

According to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

“Coach D’Antoni said Steve Nash was due to return to the team Sunday after spending the week with his Canadian trainer, Rick Celebrini, rehabilitating from nerve root irritation in his back. Nash will be re-evaluated by Lakers’ doctors early this week, and could return to practice this week if he’s cleared.”

This doesn’t mean we will see Nash back in a game right away, but it’s a possible step in the right direction.

Nash hasn’t taken the hardwood in a game since Sunday, November 10, and the Lakers haven’t really missed him. The stellar point guard play of Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar have led the Lakers to six wins in the nine games Nash has missed, and it’s time for the Lakers to trade the 39 year old Nash out of town.

Nash has come out and publicly stated that he is not ready for retirement yet which means he is going to milk every last dime out of the ridiculous contract the Lakers handed him two years ago. The Lakers will still have plenty of salary cap space to sign studs next offseason, but Nash’s $9.7 million contract would be best offloaded before this coming offseason’s star studded free agency.

There are sure to be suitors for Nash as there are plenty of NBA teams in need of a veteran point guard to back up a young stud. It’s time for the Lakers front office to answer those phone calls and move on.

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