(NEW YORK) — As Los Angeles Lakers’ point guard Steve Nash battles to get back on the court, due to his age and durability, his future with the team is uncertain going forward, according to general manager Mitch Kupchak.
“At the appropriate time, I’ll sit down and talk about it. But it’s really his decision,” Kupchak told the Los Angeles Daily News. “He’s under contract to play basketball next year. There’s a lot of moving pieces in something like this. For us to sit down and influence one way or the other is not ethical. It’s really his decision.”
The 40-year-old Nash is a near-lock to make the Hall of Fame once he retires, but age and injuries have caught up to him as he’s appeared in just 10 games this season battling various ailments. Even though Nash still has one more year left on his deal, his body may not allow him to play a 19th season.
During his NBA career, Nash has averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 assists per game.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN