OKLAHOMA CITY (CBSLA.com) -Just a day after Kobe Bryant announced that he will miss the rest of the season, Mike D’Antoni said the 40-year-old Steve Nash will not return for the rest of the season, according to the LA Times.
Mike D’Antoni officially closes the door on Steve Nash returning this season for the Lakers. “He’s not going to play.”
— Mike Bresnahan (@Mike_Bresnahan) March 13, 2014
However, our sources tell us D’Antoni’s comments about Nash being done for the year is more about evaluating Kendall Marshall and Jordan Farmar — meaning Lakers would play Nash, if needed.
I’m told D’Antoni’s comments about Nash being done for the year is more about evaluating Marshall/Farmar. Lakers would play Nash if needed.
— Kristine Leahy (@KristineLeahy) March 13, 2014
The NBA’s oldest player has been battling leg and back injuries all year long and was limited to only playing 10 games for the purple and gold.
Although Nash has one year left on his contract, many speculated Nash would retire if he wasn’t able to finish the season.
“The reality is, I’m not going to retire because I want the money,” Nash said.
The Lakers are due to pay him $9.7-million next season.