Report: Nash may join Warriors


VIDEO: Warriors set to add Nash to tutor guards

Steve Nash is close to joining the Warriors as a part-time player development consultant, according to Marc Stein of ESPN.com.

The sides are in “advanced negotiations” and “in the process of finalizing a deal that essentially will make Nash an occasional tutor to the Golden State guards,” Stein reported, citing sources. The two-time MVP, who retired in March after struggling for years with nerve issues in his back that ruined his time with the Lakers, had already been working out in an unofficial role with several NBA players, including Jordan Clarkson, Jeremy Lin, Dante Exum, Kemba Walker and C.J. McCollum.

The job would be formalized with Golden State under the proposed arrangement. Nash was not previously planning to go into coaching, but apparently was convinced by Warriors coach Steve Kerr, assistant Bruce Fraser and president Rick Welts — all of whom had built a strong relationship with Nash when they were together in Phoenix — to spend a few days a month with the defending champions. That schedule was obviously more appealing than a full workload.

From Stein:

Sources said as recently as late June — when Nash played in longtime teammate Dirk Nowitzki’s annual charity baseball game — the Dallas Mavericks were still hoping to lobby Nash to consider unretiring and reuniting with Nowitzki as a spot-duty point guard for the coming season. ESPN.com reported in March that the Cleveland Cavaliers — at the behest of Cavs general manager David Griffin and former Cavs exec Raja Bell, also former Nash colleagues in Phoenix — likewise tried last season to persuade Nash to push for a buyout from the Lakers that would allow him to team up with LeBron James in Cleveland as a third point guard.

But Nash has been adamant since October that if he were physically able, he would play for the Lakers only. Nash ultimately was limited to 65 regular-season games in two seasons in L.A. thanks to a stubborn and debilitating nerve condition that has plagued him since he suffered a broken left leg in his second game as a Laker on Oct. 31, 2012.

Not that Warriors guards need a lot of direction — Stephen Curry is the reigning MVP, Klay Thompson is an All-Star and member of Team USA, and Shaun Livington and Leandro Barbosa are experienced backups. Kerr, while general manager of the Suns, attempted to trade before the 2009 Draft for the pick that would become Curry, hoping to pair the rookie with Nash in the Phoenix backcourt. Around the same time, then-Golden State coach Don Nelson compared rookie Curry to Nash in their ability to shoot with range and accuracy while playing point guard in up-tempo systems without being elite athletes. And now the pairing may finally happen in an unexpected alignment in 2015.

 

7 Comments

  1. Deutztony says:

    Nash has always been one of the best point guards in the NBA, there’s no doubt about that. I don’t think he’s done yet as a player. But looking forward in his career, I think he could be a good team coach in the future. His aura gives inspiration to these new NBA players. A motivator as well…

  2. AC says:

    Can Nash BE “Nash” we knew ? or he was?

    Really appreciate Warriors – hope he fells like he can bring something (not as to Lakers) and keep the YOUNG PACE of GSW

    IF it’s all about the RING – i guess GSW wolud better SHARP the roster they got and turn into SAS-like team – playing for years togather and feeling the game & chemistry

  3. lp lorak says:

    MIss you Steve
    Maestro, best ball handler ever, best free throw shooter ever, best team mate ever, best smile ever.

  4. no pain no gain says:

    jerry west

  5. michael says:

    It’s not exactly like Steph curry and Klay thompson need shooting lessons but adding a 2-time MVP and future Hall of Famer to your staff can’t hurt… You gotta like this move for the GS Warriors…the rich get richer!!!

  6. Mark from Bayarea says:

    Good news for the Bay Area.
    The GSW gets better every season!!