Report Says Steve Nash May Retire After This Season

steve nashAfter being sidelined for almost three months due to injuries, Steve Nash made his return during the Los Angeles Lakers’ three-game road trip.

However, Nash, who turned 40 this month, has told friends he plans to retire after this season, the New York Daily News reported.

His Last Season

While hopes are high that the former two-time MVP can sustain a high level of play for the rest of the season, the New York Daily News’ Mitch Lawrence reports that Nash has already told friends that this is his last season:

“Steve Nash finally made it back to the Lakers and has told a few friends this is going to be it, even though he has one season to go on his contract, at $9.7 million. Nash, who turned 40 Friday (February 7), doesn’t expect to help much, but that’s been the story of his injury-plagued Laker career. He really missed the camaraderie with his teammates when he was out for three months with a nerve injury in his back, and says he wants to experience that for at least the last part of this season before he calls it a career.”

Not Just Yet

Nash, a native of Victoria, B.C., has another year remaining on his contract that would pay him $9.7 million next season.

He hinted on Tuesday, February 4, that he is not ready to retire.

“Right now, I have no intentions to stop playing,” he said, according to Lakers.com.