Steve Nash’s tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers ended before the third and final year of his contract with them. He will be declared out by the team for the entire season because of recurring nerve damage in his back. The $9.7 million he was slated to make still counts toward the Lakers salary cap this season. Nash, who turns 41 in February, played in only 15 games last season. He has been injury-prone since his second game with the Lakers, when he sustained a broken bone in his lower leg after an in-game collision in October 2012. He initially signed a three-year, $28-million contract with the Lakers in a trade with the Phoenix Suns that cost Los Angeles two first-round picks and two second-round picks. – Los Angeles Times
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