Should the Lakers consider waiving Steve Nash?

By Montezz Allen

Lakers point guard Steve Nash (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Lakers point guard Steve Nash (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Steve Nash is a future Hall of Famer. It’s obvious. The 40-year-old Canadian point guard is one of the top 10 point guards of all time.

Over the course of his accomplished career he has won two league MVPs, averaged 14.3 points and 8.5 assists on 49 percent shooting and most recently passed Mark Jackson for the third spot on the NBA’s all-time assist list. 

The sole thing he’s missing is a championship. And that’s difficult to come by in the league no matter how great of a player you are. All-time greats like Charles Barkley, Karl Malone, Patrick Ewing and Reggie Miller can all vouch to that.

In 2012, the two-time MVP negotiated a sign-and-trade deal with the Phoenix Suns that sent him to the Los Angeles Lakers. It would be Nash’s last chance to win a ring before his retirement.

Nash agreed to a three-year deal worth a reported $27 million.

It looked like a good deal on paper. Nash averaged 12.5 points and 10.7 assists for a Phoenix Suns team with no 20-point scorer and that had nearly grabbed the last playoff spot in the West.

Well … looks can be deceiving.

Nash’s stint with the Lakers has been an epic failure to say the least. As the saying goes, Father Time is undefeated; the old, grumpy man definitely caught up with Nash during his time in Los Angeles.

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

(Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Staying healthy has been a problem for the aging point guard. In his first year with the Lakers, Nash broke his leg just two games into the season, causing him to miss over 30 games.

Nash tried battling back, but nerve root irritation and hamstring issues continued to slow him down.

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