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If Nash is indeed done, he’ll have played in just 10 games this season due to back and lower body injuries. In his absence, the Lakers have seen Jordan Farmar and Kendall Marshall emerge as capable threats at the point guard position, making the need for Nash, especially at over $9 million, minimal at best.
Odds are the Lakers will give strong consideration to using the stretch provision on his contract, which would allow them to spread the remaining $9.7 million remaining to him over the next three years. So he’d only count on the books for a third of the $9.7 million next year, giving them added flexibility and funds for free agency this summer. Every million helps when you have $23.5 already going to Kobe Bryant, who is also likely out for the season.
Nash has stated on multiple occasions that if the Lakers let him go, he will retire.
This is a big blow for the Jayhawks, who are a legitimate championship contender with Embiid manning the middle. As far as beyond this season goes, it’s easy to make a case that being limited by injuries late could make Embiid want to secure his spot in the league quickly, or return to Kansas and finish on a better note.
Because this back issue has become a consistent deterrent for Embiid, NBA teams are going to take a deep, thorough look at it and make sure that there’s no long-term concerns.
Embiid has established himself as the top overall pick in just about the eyes of every talent evaluator.
Tony Mitchell is a high-flying forward who has established himself as one of the most productive players in the D-League over the last two years. Last year he was named the Rookie of the Year and now he’s getting his shot in the NBA with the Bucks, where the potential for a fit beyond the next 10-days exists as long as Mitchell excels.
Mitchell was drafted by the Sacramento Kings in 2012 after a premature, abrupt ending to his college career at Alabama. There were concerns about his maturity and character, but Mitchell has answered both in the D-League and proven to be quite the professional.
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