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Adrian Wojnarowski reports that the Brooklyn Nets have fired head coach Steve Nash.
Woj notes that the decision was ultimately mutual between the Nets and their former head coach. Jacque Vaughn is expected to take over in the interim. Turmoil has been brewing for some time in Brooklyn and dating back to the Summer when superstar forward Kevin Durant expressed his apparent desire for Nash to no longer be the head coach of the team. Nothing has gone right since, and the Nets are off to a putrid 2-5 record fueled by a fossilized Ben Simmons and amid continued controversy surrounding Kyrie Irving. All things considered, Nash probably won't be crying over this spilled milk anytime soon. He should have future opportunities to coach elsewhere. Jacque Vaughn on the other hand is going to have his mitts abundantly full- we all wish him the best of luck.
His playing days are over, but Steve Nash according to sources, will be joining the Golden State Warriors in a player development role.
This makes perfect sense as he has an established relationship with Steve Kerr along with other members of the Warriors' front office and coaching staff. Stephen Curry has often been compared to Nash in terms of style of play. With the departure of assistant coach Alvin Gentry, who also coached Nash in Phoenix, Nash should be able to provide quality input to the young team who just came off a championship run.
After 19 seasons, Steve Nash has officially called it quits and retired from the NBA on Saturday. Nash was drafted in 1996 by the Suns before really starting to come on as a Maverick. After he was traded back to the Suns in 2004, Nash's stardom took off and he was one of the best players in the game, as evidenced by his two Most Valuable Player awards. Nash spent his last three seasons with the Lakers before retiring.
In his prime, Steve Nash was regarded as one of the best point guards ever. But his three seasons with the Lakers have been plagued by injuries as he played just 65 of a possible 246 games with the team. Rookie Jordan Clarkson looks like he could have a bright future and the team also has Jeremy Lin, but now that Nash's contract will be off the books it might be time to search for additional point guard help.
On Monday, the Los Angeles Lakers were granted a disabled player exception because of the season-ending injury to Julius Randle. The exception is worth around $1.5 million and the Lakers can use it to sign a free agent or acquire someone in a trade. They also were eligible to receive one for because of Steve Nashâ€™s injury, but according to ESPNâ€™s Marc Stein, the Lakers plan to shop Nashâ€™s expiring contract: As ESPN.com reported last month when Nash was ruled out for the 2014-15 season because of recurring nerve issues with his back, Lakers officials are planning to explore the trade market for potential deals between now and the February trade deadline with Nashâ€™s $9.7 million expiring contract.
A trade is the only way Steve Nash, who is out with a season-ending back injury, is going to help the Lakers this season or moving forward as injuries have crippled his time with the purple and gold. No trade is on the horizon but it will be something to keep an eye on as the trade deadline approaches in February.