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The Lakers (and Knicks and Heat, for that matter) are lucky that Steve Nash is 38 instead of 28. He has essentially violated the laws of nature by still playing at a near MVP level despite his age.
But Nash really is getting older. He's only going to play for a few more years. And he wants a ring. That means he's going to play for a contender.
I've said several times that Miami and New York are the favorites. He lives in New York and might want to play with Amar'e Stoudemire again, and Miami is the natural destination for any ring chaser.
That doesn't mean the Lakers are out of the race, though. A Nash-Kobe Bryant backcourt would immediately become one of the best in the NBA, and with their All-Star big man duo, they'd have four of the best players in the league.
That kind of raw talent would put them on par with the Thunder and Spurs at the top of the Western Conference.
Nash would also be a welcome change to the Lakers' Kobe-centric offense. He would actually promote ball movement and real offensive sets, something we didn't see under Mike Brown last year.
I wouldn't bet on Nash coming to the Lakers, but they'll be in the running for his services. If they manage to sign him, they'll be right back in contention for the NBA title.