HoopsHype Steve Nash rumors

November 25, 2014 Updates

The Lakers lost a third player for the season Monday, when swingman Xavier Henry ruptured his left Achilles' tendon in practice. The exceptions represent half of the salaries of Nash ($9.7 million) and Randle ($3 million). The Lakers might also apply for an exception for Henry, although half of his $1.1-million contract might not be enough for the team to acquire a replacement player. Los Angeles Times

Eric Pincus: Lakers have been awarded a $4.85 million disabled player exception for Steve Nash - finally (first reported by @Brian Windhorst ) exp. 3/10/15 Twitter @EricPincus

Lakers president Jeanie Buss believes in positive energy and karmic turns, and maybe, just maybe, the franchise will reap some reward down the line for the respect being accorded Nash, one of the game's all-time greats. Nash is, make no mistake, going to be around. The one positive for him from orchestrating his arrival to the Lakers is he did find his physical paradise: Nash is putting down roots here. He'll be a Manhattan Beach resident for the rest of his life, determined to raise his three children in the sand and sun. Nash will be part of the Lakers' broader community. Bleacher Report

He had a breakfast meeting with general manager Mitch Kupchak last week, according to team spokesman John Black. The upshot is that Nash will be around the team at some point this season. "He's planning to come around when he's ready," Black said. That has been the Lakers' hope, although it was a clear secondary priority to giving Nash the time and space to come to grips with the undesirable end to his season—and almost certainly his career. Bleacher Report

November 16, 2014 Updates
November 15, 2014 Updates

The Lakers have applied for a disabled player exception because of Nash’s absence, which would be worth about $4.9 million. Assuming the NBA approves it, it is unlikely the Lakers will use it to sign a player through free agency or trade. But the Lakers could seek to trade his expiring contract. “He’s probably going through a tough time to adjust as far as life without basketball at this particular point,” Scott said. “It didn’t upset me one bit. Hopefully I’ll reach out to him again and we can talk or I can get a return call.” Los Angeles Daily News

The Lakers ruled Nash out for the 2014-15 season last month amid recurring back problems. But the Lakers have held out hope the 40-year old Nash could still help out in a mentorship capacity for the team’s point guards. “I would like to (hear from Nash), but I don’t know,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “I gave him a call, but I haven’t gotten a return call. So we’ll see.” Los Angeles Daily News

November 14, 2014 Updates
November 10, 2014 Updates

With respect to injured guard Steve Nash, meanwhile, sources say that the Lakers are still evaluating their options. As ESPN.com reported last month when Nash was ruled out for the 2014-15 season because of recurring nerve issues with his back, Lakers officials are planning to explore the trade market for potential deals between now and the February trade deadline with Nash's $9.7 million expiring contract. ESPN.com

As evidenced by the comments on the video, fans appeared upset at Nash for playing golf not long after the Lakers announced that he would be sidelined for the remainder of the season because of recurring back issues. Lakers coach Byron Scott defended Nash after practice Thursday. "There's a whole lot of people who don't understand the difference between golf and basketball," Scott said at the team's practice facility in El Segundo, California. "Unfortunately, you have people like that. The guy is hurt and can't play this year. But that doesn't mean he can't enjoy himself and have some fun while going through rehab and everything else. It probably doesn't look good [publicly], but relax." ESPN.com

November 9, 2014 Updates

The Canadian star wrote an open letter on Facebook addressing the criticism Friday night. "This may be hard for people to understand unless you've played NBA basketball, but there is an incredible difference between this game and swinging a golf club, hiking, even hitting a tennis ball or playing basketball at the park," Nash wrote. "Fortunately those other activities aren't debilitating, but playing an NBA game usually puts me out a couple of weeks. Once you're asked to accelerate and decelerate with (Stephen) Curry and Kyrie Irving it is a completely different demand." USA Today Sports

November 8, 2014 Updates

Steve Nash: I have a ton of miles on my back. Three buldging disks (a tear in one), stenosis of the nerve route and spondylolisthesis. I suffer from sciatica and after games I often can't sit in the car on the drive home, which has made for some interesting rides. Most nights I'm bothered by severe cramping in both calves while I sleep, a result of the same damn nerve routes, and the list goes on somewhat comically. That's what you deserve for playing over 1,300 NBA games. By no means do I tell you this for sympathy - especially since I see these ailments as badges of honor - but maybe I can bring some clarity. I've always been one of the hardest workers in the game and I say that at the risk of what it assumes. The past 2 years I've worked like a dog to not only overcome these setbacks but to find the form that could lift up and inspire the fans in LA as my last chapter. Obviously it's been a disaster on both fronts but I've never worked harder, sacrificed more or faced such a difficult challenge mentally and emotionally. Facebook.com

Steve Nash: Competitiveness, professionalism, naiveté and hope that at some point I'd turn a corner has kept me fighting to get back. As our legendary trainer Gary Vitti, who is a close friend, told me, 'You're the last to know' - and my back has shown me the forecast over the past 18-20 months. To ignore it any longer is irresponsible. But that doesn't mean that life stops. This may be hard for people to understand unless you've played NBA basketball, but there is an incredible difference between this game and swinging a golf club, hiking, even hitting a tennis ball or playing basketball at the park. Fortunately those other activities aren't debilitating, but playing an NBA game usually puts me out a couple of weeks. Once you're asked to accelerate and decelerate with Steph Curry and Kyrie Irving it is a completely different demand. Facebook.com

November 7, 2014 Updates

While he’s been away, Nash has been engaging in some mildly physical activities, and posting pictures to his Instagram account. He was hiking in Sedona on Halloween, which got him some unfriendly comments. But what seemed to push the more fanatical side of the Lakers fan base over the edge was a brief video of him hitting golf balls. NBCSports.com

November 6, 2014 Updates

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