In what has to be an absolute stunner to the Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors, the Los Angeles Lakers swooped in and have appeared to acquire two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash. While not what he was five years ago, Nash is still an elite, efficient point guard and offensively, represents an enormous upgrade to the Lakers.
According to Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated, the deal includes two first-round picks (2013 and 2015), two second-round picks and approximately $3 million in cash. Considering the Lakers were going to be in the bidding to re-sign a lesser, albeit younger option in Ramon Sessions, that cost is minimal if the Lakers' front office believes they can make one more title run.
Even as the news sinks in, there are immediate dominoes that can fall into place for Los Angeles.
Here are my thoughts on what Nash's acquisition could mean for the rest of the Lakers in 2013.