(PORTLAND, Ore.) — After 18 seasons, point guard Steve Nash may have played his final NBA game. Los Angeles Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni announced that Nash will likely miss the rest of the season, leaving his future in the league uncertain.
“I doubt it,” D’Antoni said when asked if Nash will get back on the court this season. “I don’t think so. What’s the end game? We’ve talked about it. He’s not completely healthy. We have 23 games left. We’re not going to make the playoffs.”
“So what’s his objective into taking minutes away from the young guys we’re trying to develop? That’s kind of the theme that we’re talking about,” he continued.
Nash is a 40-year-old two-time MVP, and a future Hall of Famer. Still, he has been plagued with injuries since joining the Lakers prior to last season. In 10 games this season, Nash averaged 7.6 points and 4.7 assists per game.
The Lakers could get out from under Nash’s $9 million salary next season to save salary cap space.
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Jill Martin, CNN