Lakers' Nash hints of retirement after next season

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) and point guard Steve Nash of Canada (10) after...

Los Angeles Lakers shooting guard Kobe Bryant (24) and point guard Steve Nash of Canada (10) after shaking hands after beating the Charlotte Bobcats during the second half of their NBA basketball game in Charlotte, North Carolina February 8, 2013. (REUTERS)

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Forty-year-old Steve Nash appears to be leaning toward next season to be his last in the NBA.

The veteran point guard has battled injuries the past two years with the Los Angeles Lakers, missing 66 games last season and 32 in 2012-13. He averaged 6.8 points and 5.7 assists in the games he did play last year.

With a $9,701,000 contract for 2014-15, though, Nash has a financial incentive to hang around for one more year.

"I think this is my last season," Nash told Sport TV. "But I still love to play. I love to practice and work on my game. I'm going to spend hopefully many, many years living this life without basketball. So it'll be nice to play one more year."

The Lakers added point guard Jeremy Lin from the Houston Rockets in the offseason and also selected combo guard Jordan Clarkson in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft to give them some options in case Nash, a eight-time All-Star and two-time league MVP, is slowed again by injuries.

 


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