UPDATE: Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles calls the Nash rumor “very speculative” and says there are no current trade talks.
We’re just four games into the season, yet there are already rumors surfacing that the Lakers may be looking to trade their 39-year-old point guard, Steve Nash.
According to Alex Kennedy of HoopsWorld, Nash may be traded by the Lakers this season and the Toronto Raptors are a possible landing spot:
The Raptors have had interest in Nash in the past – they were one of the teams in the running to sign him as a free agent in 2012 – and his native Canada would seem like a fitting place for Nash to end his career.
However, Nash is putting up career-low numbers so far this season and has struggled with multiple health problems already. It’s unclear just how much trade value Nash has at this moment in time.
There’s also the issue of his contract: after this season, he’ll still be owed $9.7 million while being the oldest player in the league.
It’s worth noting that the Raptors’ general manager Masai Ujiri is said to be a big Andrew Wiggins fan. Bringing in a guy like Steve Nash would be a good move PR-wise. If Nash could stay healthy in Toronto and contribute, that’s a plus, but if not, he could at least mentor the younger guys from the sidelines as the Raptors tank their way toward having a shot at Wiggins.
The Lakers also have decent depth at the point guard position with Steve Blake and Jordan Farmar being more than capable of filling all the minutes at the 1.
Still, it would still be surprising to see Nash traded at this point in time.