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Steve Nash unlikely to return this season

Image courtesy of Scott Mecum/Flickr.

Image courtesy of Scott Mecum/Flickr.

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There was a gust of certainty Monday, a rarity in one of the most uneasy seasons in Lakers history.

Steve Nash clearly wants to return next season.

“I want to come back for sure,” he said Monday.

It’s a longshot he’ll even be back this season from recurring back soreness, but he’s already looking to the future, where he’s scheduled to earn $9.7 million in 2014-15 as the final part of a three-year, $28-million contract.

The Lakers have until Sept. 1 to determine whether they want to waive Nash via the “stretch provision,” in which his salary is spread out over the next three years. Or they can bring him back for one more season and try to play him while paying him.

There’s also a small chance Nash obtains a medical retirement from the NBA during the off-season, in which case the Lakers still have to pay him but his salary does not count toward the cap. Los Angeles Times

The Lakers’ streak of bad luck continues. Few things have gone as planned since the start of last season. Keep in mind, the Lakers hired Mike D’Antoni largely in part because of his relationship to Nash. – AL

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