The deadline for the Lakers to use the “stretch” provision on Steve Nash passed over the weekend.
The 40-year-old point guard is heading into his third year with the team, earning $9.7 million for the 2014-15 season.
Had the Lakers waived Nash prior to September, they would have been able to stretch his salary over the next three years at around $3.2 million annually.
The team considered increasing its spending power by stretching Nash’s salary, but when its top free-agent targets (LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh) signed elsewhere, the Lakers chose instead to protect their cap space over the next two summers — sticking with the NBA’s oldest player for a final season.
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